Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts

The Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Coral Reef Senior High School offers six strands of specialization: Band, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts; and is comprised of actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and artists who strive for excellence in academics and creative expression, in a nurturing family atmosphere. Students spend two hours each day over a four-year period immersed in the theory and practice of their particular discipline. Extensive art, sculpture and photography labs, dance and music studios, and black-box theatre serve as settings for our academy students. Our professional arts teachers all share in the same endeavor: to further the training of career-minded arts students and produce life-long learners who respect and appreciate the role of the arts on the lives and the life of our community. With diligence and application, students develop their maximum potential!

Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts


Our goal for the Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts is to provide our students with a solid foundation in the arts through a sequence of academic courses, career exploration opportunities and inspiring interactions with fellow students, faculty and professional artists.

Engagement in the visual and performing arts deepens students’ overall knowledge and skills, as well as their social and emotional development. Research shows that students involved in the visual and performing arts are more successful in school, more involved in their communities, and perform better on standardized tests.


Current News

Ryan Blanco- Teacher at the New York Film Academy
Oscar Camacho- Performer in PBS's Zoot Suit 
Chanel Carroll- Performer on MTVs Decoded 
Michelle Cote- Stage Manager at Miami City Ballet
Heather Gaines- Producer on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer 
Stephen Gelpi- Talent Casting Director at Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Becca Gottlieb- Performer in The Wedding Singer and Damn Yankees for Broadway National Tours
Hernando Humana- Performer in Kinky Boots and School of Rock on Broadway
Gizel Jimenez- Performer in the off-Broadway show Unseamly, National Tour of West Side Story Revival and Oklahoma on Broadway
Fernando Lamberty- Performer in Othello at the American Shakespeare Center 
Miguel Luciano- Performer in Nickelodeon TV series Talia in the Kitchen
Lauren Mayer- Performer/Host on TMZ Hollywood
Andhy Mendez- Performer in Netflix's Orange is the New Black, Univisión's Sabado Gigante, Televisa's Morelia, HBO's For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story and Cuban Blood
Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes- Directors for Starz Ash vs. Evil Dead, Orginal film Boniatofor Sundance Film Festival and HBO
Veronica Meza-Valdes- Owner and Creator of Veronica's Dollhouse Costume Boutique
Lauren Nedleman- Performer on national tour of Fiddler on the Roof 
Anthony Perez- Performer in Disney Channel's Andi MackDark House movie, national commercials and narrated for award winning authors on audio books
Brandon Peters- Disney Public Spokesperson & Ambassador at Walt Disney World
Marco Ramirez- Writer for Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, Producer of Daredevil and The Defenders, Has had plays at the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center
Mauricio Salgado- Performer and Founder of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP)