Nov 29

Apply to the Center for the Arts for the 2018-2019 School Year Now Through January 12, 2018

All applications must be submitted online and are due by January 12, 2018.  Instructions for current HCPS 8th grade students and private/home school students may be found at

Current HCPS High School students (including current CFA students):  You must request access to the application in ZippSlip in order to apply to the Center for the Arts.  To request access to the application, send a written request to CFA Director Dr. Stephanie Poxon at and she will arrange for Central Office to grant access to the application.  Please allow 72 hours for the application to appear in ZippSlipp.  Don’t wait until the last minute!

NOTE – there are NO paper applications this year!   Please contact Dr. Poxon or Ms. Pippert in the CFA Office if you have any questions!!

Center for the Arts applicants must also audition at Henrico High School on February 3, 2018. 

To get some audition tips, applicants may also attend an audition workshop on January 20, 2018.   Two time slots are available: 9-10:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  You may register for a workshop by calling the CFA office at 228-2718.



Nov 17

CFA Fall Showcase November 17 & 18, 2017

No tickets needed for Visual Arts Gallery.  For the Performing Arts Showcase, guests with tickets will be seated from 7-7:20pm.  General admision for guests without tickets starts at 7:20pm.  Hope to see you there!


Nov 17

CFA Theatre Teacher Todd Ritter Wins Prestigious REB Award for Excellence in Teaching

We are so very proud and happy to congratulate Mr. Todd Ritter, CFA Lead Theatre teacher at Henrico High, who was selected as a recipient of a 2017 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence! Mr. Ritter was chosen out of over 100 applicants from four neighboring school divisions in the greater Richmond area to be one of the thirty finalists, and out of those thirty finalists he was selected as one of the fifteen grant recipients! Mr. Ritter was awarded a grant of over $10,000 so that he can travel to Florence, Italy to participate in commedia dell’arte training workshops and to study mask-making techniques.

Mr. Ritter was nominated for this award by one of his CFA Theatre students, Alyssa Shuster, who recently graduated from the CFA program and is now studying Theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. Since Alyssa was unable to attend the ceremony at the Virginia Historical Society last night, her mother Michelle Shuster attended in her stead.

Oct 18

Fall Showcase Tech Week Rehearsal Schedule Announced for Dance, MT and Theatre

Fall 2017 CFA Showcase Tech Week Rehearsal Schedule-Dance, MT & Theatre:

MONDAY,  11/13  Levels III & IV only   4-8pm   Snacks provided by FCFA

TUESDAY,  11/14 Levels I & II only  4-8pm   Snacks provided by FCFA

WEDNESDAY  11/15 All levels   4-9:30pm   Snacks provided by FCFA

THURSDAY  11/16  Invitational Dress Rehearsal   4-9:30pm  Dinner by FCFA 4-4:45, Costumes 4:45-5:15, Call 5:15, Warmup 5:30-6:30, House opens @ 6:30, IDR 7-9:30.

FRI/SAT  11/17 & 18 Showcase!  Call 6pm, Performance 7:30pm

Oct 13

Visual Arts Students Explore NYC on Field Trip

CFA Visual Arts students have had a fun and educational 3 days in NYC this week!

Oct 06

Interest Meeting for Visual & Performing Arts Governor’s School October 17, 2017 at 4pm

There will be an INTEREST MEETING for the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Governor’s School on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 4:10-4:45 p.m. in the CFA Black Box Theatre.  This meeting is for any HHS/CFA/IB student who is a CURRENT 10th or 11th grade student and is interested in applying.  You MUST be a rising JUNIOR or SENIOR to apply for the VPA Summer Governor’s School.  Please come out on October 17th to learn about the arts opportunities at the VPA Governor’s School!  See Dr. Poxon if you have any questions.

Sep 19

FCFA Ice Cream Social Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Our amazing parent booster organization, Friends of Center for the Arts, invites CFA parents and students to its annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. i n the Main Commons.  Please bring your favorite topping to share on the yummy ice cream provided by FCFA.  There will be drawings for prizes and a special treat will go to the CFA class with the highest percentage of parents in attendance.  A fun night for all!  

Sep 18

Specialty Center Information Sessions for 2018-2019 begin September 27, 2017

If you or someone you know is interested in applying to an HCPS Specialty Center, please attend one of the Information Sessions.  There are 4, held at the locations below.  All start at 7:00 p.m.

September 27, 2017    Highland Springs HS

October 3, 2017           Freeman HS

October 10, 2017         Glen Allen HS

October 18, 2017         Hermitage HS

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on November 20, 2017.


Aug 03

Dates Set for HHS Freshman Orientation and Fee Night

All HHS freshman should mark their calendar for Thursday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for Freshman Orientation.   Also, fee night will be held August 31 from 2:00-7:00 p.m.

Jun 19

Rose Rea Wins National Gold Key Award in Literary Arts

Congratulations to CFA Visual Arts student Rose Rea who was awarded a Scholastics National Gold Key at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in NYC on June 8!    Rose won for her winning entry in the Short Story Literary Arts category, one of only THREE students in the state of Virginia to receive this prestigious award!!  A big congratulations to Rose Rea and her AP Literature teacher Mr. Keith Hollowell.