John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy

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Fine and Performing Arts Academy

Fine and Performing Arts Academy

Vanderpoel Humanities Academy has been well known for its excellence in performing and visual arts. The school was named after our very own John H. Vanderpoel, who was well known for his great interest in visual arts. In honor of John H. Vanderpoel, we have incorporated an academy that will consist of restoring the fine and performing arts aspect of our school. We have partnered with some of the finest art centers throughout the community to come into the school regularly, to captivate our students through learning, practicing, and showcasing different forms of art.

Current Spring Semester Academies

  • Dance 
  • Theater
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • Journalism
  • Book Club  
  • Tech Club 
  • Pep Band
  • Yearbook
  • Visual Art Club


All of the clubs will take place during the school’s lunch and recess periods. The students are allotted 20 minutes, as replacement for their recess, to go their academies and clubs. They then move to lunch and back to their normal instructional time.


This is our first year in motion with the Fine and Performing Arts Academy and our students are excited and love it thus far. We were able to highlight a few of the great things about our program and with the help of Ms. Kintner, our art teacher, we were able to receive a grant from the creative schools fund totaling up to $10,000. 

Special thanks to Ms. Kintner for submitting the information by application, Ms. Heard for being a great lead and point person, and to all of the instructors who interact with and teach our students on a daily basis. Lastly, special thanks to Ms. Banks for giving us the platform to be creative and re-establish the arts.

We have had a few performances including our report card pickup showcase and the winter show during the first and second quarter. Our pictures can be found in the photo album. Please see our Vanderpoel calendar for updates on spring performance dates and times.

To help us continue to grow we would love for your feedback of the program. Please take a moment to click this link and fill out the survey.

If you would like to register your student in an awesome academy for spring semester, please click here