Academy for Performing and Visual Arts at General Ray Davis Middle School

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Parents and students:

In support of the Rockdale County Public Schools' vision to offer expanded learning options, General Ray Davis Middle School has joined schools countywide in offering a Specialty School Choice option. Please take a look at the documents linked to the right for more information about our hugely successful program, which is continuing to grow each year. If you have any questions, please contact Davis Middle School at 770-388-5675.

(Click here for PDF of 2020-21 brochure)




Program Overview

General Ray Davis Middle School, in support of the Rockdale County Public Schools vision to offer expanded learning options, offers a rigorous fine arts program specifically targeting the performing and visual arts. The goal of the Academy for Performing and Visual Arts is to explore and develop artistic talents within young students by making the arts part of each student’s core learning experience.

The program offers:
• Discrete arts instruction in dance, theater arts, vocals, band, strings, piano, photography, video and visual arts.
• Integration of arts across other content areas: math, science, language arts, social studies.

Academy classes prepare students for the next level of performing and/or visual arts education while maintaining high academic achievement.


Application, Eligibility, and Artistic Review

RCPS will use an electronic application process for 2020-21 School Choice programs. The application will be open November 15, 2019 to December 20, 2019 at www.rockdaleschools.org/specialtyandchoice . No paper applications will be accepted. Students may apply for one School Choice program only for the 2020-21 school year.

The Student Registration Office at 1143 West Avenue will provide assistance to access the online application if needed, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., on a first come, first served basis. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Eligibility Criteria
• Students must meet standards in ELA, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies on the Milestones assessment.
• Students must meet the student registration requirement for Rockdale County Public Schools.
• Students and parents must agree to the Choice contract.
• Eligible applicants must complete the audition/artistic review process for final selection.

Audition/Artistic Review
Please plan to attend the Parent Information Session on October 8, 2019 to learn about requirements for audition/artistic review process. Eligible applicants must complete the audition/artistic review process for final selection. The audition/artistic review date is January 11, 2020.