Do I need to audition to get into VAPA?
The VAPA Academy at Albert Einstein High School is open to all students looking to pursue an arts focused education. Although some of the upper level classes may require an audition, the academy program is open to all students.
Can anyone within MCPS get into VAPA?
Sadly, no. Only students who reside in and who attended a DCC feeder middle school are eligible to participate in the DCC Choice Program and then are able to Einstein and participate in the VAPA Academy.
How do I know if I am in the DCC Boundary?
You can contact the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS) at 301-592-2040.
So if I attended one of the feeder middle schools I automatically get Einstein as my high school?
The Choice process is a lottery school assignment process that considers students’ choice ranking, base school, sibling link, school capacity, and socioeconomic status. Students are guaranteed their base school when ranked first on the initial Choice form, or if it is marked second and their first choice is not available. For all students not requesting their base school or the same school as their older sibling,* school assignments are based on a combination of the aforementioned factors, and is not solely controlled by available space and the student’s preferred choice. Every effort is made to assign students to their first choice, however, students may be assigned to subsequent choices.
* The older sibling must be attending the requested school the following school year.
Is there a meeting where I can learn more about the Choice Process?
The DCC will hold evening Options Fair meetings in the fall. The Options Fairs will focus on information about the high school Choice process and the five DCC high schools and their Academy programs. Parents and students will also have the opportunity to learn about application programs available to all Grade 8 students. The information presented each evening will be identical so pick one to attend:
September 21, 2015 at from 7:00-9:00 pm at Kennedy HS
September 28, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Paint Branch HS
Please click HERE to read more about the MCPS Choice Process.
What is the deadline for submitting your MCPS Choice Process Form?
Deadline for all applications: Friday, November 6, 2015
Do you offer tours for prospective students and their families?
Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. — Albert Einstein HS will be holding an Open House and parents and grade 8 students are encouraged to attend to learn about the programs and the school.
Can I participate in extra-curricular activities while in the VAPA program?
Yes! There are actually several extra-curricular activities that dovetail nicely with VAPA such as: our award winning Varsity Poms Squad and LASU Dance Team, Einstein S.T.A.G.E. (Society for Theatre Arts Growth and Encouragement) and Yearbook. You can peruse all of Einstein’s Student Clubs and Organizations along with Athletics by clicking on the links.
What if I am in the IB or VAC Programs and really don’t have the time available to commit to VAPA but want to participate somehow?
Speak with the head of the VAPA discipline you want to participate in and let them know of your situation. There may be a creative solution to your particular situation.