PAVAC students experience the joy of personal expression while preparing for real world careers.   A team of teachers collaborates to address students’ interests, strengths, and talents in visual arts, performing arts and media. Linking academics to artistic expression, students engage in a rigorous, standards-based curriculum supplemented with classroom and academy activities.  An emphasis on student interest areas, career exploration, and challenging classes creates a sense of relevance for students and increases their achievement. 


Sophomore, junior, and senior PAVAC students follow one of four career strands to earn an 8-cedit major.  By supplementing required core academics with relevant electives, students can major in: 

·          Theater Arts.   This strand involves students in Musical Theater and Dance Performance experiences, introducing them to such careers as stage director, choreographer, fashion designer, stage technician, camera technician, script writer.

·          Communications. Students sharpen their written and oral skills in courses such as Mass Media, Journalism, and student publications.  Following this strand prepares students for the workplace or degree work in publishing, broadcasting, or filming.

Visual Arts.  By using current technologies, students who excel in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, 2-D or 3-D Art, and Studio Art have the background to begin study or work in a variety of fields:  interior design, floral design, illustration, photographer, graphic artist, animator, painter, architect, or art critic.  Not only do these students learn artistic design and   develop their talents, they also build a portfolio of their best work.

·          Musical Arts.  As a result of specialized instruction in choral or instrumental music in combination with competitions and  frequent performance opportunities, students with this major leave OVHS ready to pursue careers as a vocalist, arranger, composer, conductor,  musician, teacher, disc jockey or studio technician.

It is possible for PAVAC students to create their own majors by cross training between strands.


Cross-academy themes - the Jazz Age and France - provide the link between PAVAC electives and the academics.  Guest artisans, class novels, research, and exposure to Chicago’s arts offerings engage students in relevant studies.  At the same time, academy teachers build relationships with their students and also introduce them to career possibilities and requirements.  Through the scheduling process, PAVAC teachers help their academy students to merge their passions with logical course selections. 


Thanks to business and higher ed. partners, PAVAC students can experience the workplace through the paid and unpaid internship programs.  They can get a head start in college by taking AP or dual credit courses:  Studio Art, Elementary Composition, Computers in Design, and other basic requirements from Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University.  Business and higher ed. partners comprising the PAVAC consortium include: Tasus, Metropolitan Printing, Boston Scientific, Ivy Tech, Indiana State University, and Indiana University. 


·          The PAVAC collaborating teachers include:  Theresa Anderson, visual arts; Brandon Spidel, band and dance performance; Lori Walsh, visual arts; Rusty Bottomley, band and percussion theater: Beth Petry, choir; Jim Coppedge, English and Theatre Arts; Kim Benton, English