Student Achievement through the Arts

Whittier Union offers students an exciting and vibrant array of award-winning visual and performing arts (VAPA) programs to develop their skills and talent, from choir, jazz and marching band to theater arts, drill team and video production.

The District’s comprehensive high school VAPA students are often selected to perform in local, regional and national competitions, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, being featured in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, and having artwork displayed in congressional lawmakers’ offices.

Throughout the year, students perform in theatrical productions, choral performances and festivals, concerts, band performances, marching band and cheer jamboree. A championship-winning drill team ensemble, which has performed in the Super Bowl, also provides students a creative outlet. Other opportunities include digital photography, 3-D art and design, studio art, orchestra and more.

Not only do these courses help students satisfy their art requirement for graduation, but they also encourage a well-rounded education and leads to overall improvement in student learning and achievement.