CFA Profile and Curriculum

CFA Program Highlights

  • Classes taught by a staff of professional educators actively involved in the arts community in the Richmond area.
  • A large budget for guest artists: professionals in our area or college or university specialists.
  • Emphasis is placed on exhibiting or displaying student work in Gallery shows, showcases, performances, etc.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the Richmond arts community, clubs, and honors organizations.
  • Offer knowledge of artistic skills necessary for successful art careers and higher education.



During a four year course of study, students will receive instruction in all the core subject areas listed below, with other classes added based on student needs and the availability of qualified guest instructors. Two credits are earned each year with successful completion of arts classes.  Students in all four levels in all curriculum areas earn Honors weighted credits.

Theatre                            Visual Arts

Acting techniques                  Design/Composition

Script analysis                        Drawing

Creative writing                      Painting

Audition preparation              Sculpture

Theatre history                      Art history/Aesthetics

Movement/Dance                  Electronic Media

Speech, diction, voice           Printmaking

Improvisation                         Crafts

Directing                                Electronic Media

Technical theatre                   Integrated Arts


Dance                          Musical Theatre

Ballet technique                Vocal training

Modern/Jazz                      Acting techniques

Tap                                     Dance techniques

African/Latin                       Improvisation

Kinesiology                         Music Theory

Choreography                     Music/Theatre/Dance History

Improvisation                      Diction, speech

Dance History                     Choreography

Audition preparation            Audition Preparation


Student demographics 2017-2018:   

Students from all of the nine high schools in Henrico County attend the Center for the Arts.

By curriculum area:                        Overall CFA:

Theatre:                64                          Freshmen:       66

Dance:                  60                          Sophomores:   71

Musical Theatre:   69                          Juniors:            64

Visual Arts:            81                         Seniors:             61


Application/Enrollment Criteria

  • Students are chosen for the CFA based on strengths and skills level exhibited at the audition, prior training and experiences as stated on the application, recommendations from teachers or others included in the application, recommendations, student interviews, and student transcripts.
  • Students may be assigned to any of the four levels offered in each curriculum based on their skill levels and maturity.
  • Students may stay in the program as long as they maintain a grade of B- or above in the center class and maintain a 2.7 GPA in all other classes.
  • Performances and Gallery shows are a requirement for students.

Contact Information

Dr. Stephanie Poxon, Director

Center for the Arts

Henrico High School

302 Azalea Avenue

Henrico, VA 23227

(804) 228-2718 phone

Ms. Karin Castillo-Rose, Principal

(804) 228-2700

Ms. Erica M. Johnson

Director of School Counseling

(804) 228-2710