May 25

2001 CFA Grad Dash Shaw has movie showing in RVA May 27- 28

With our Visual Arts Senior Showcase coming up on Friday, May 26, it was very cool to see this movie – My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea –  in the news by 2001 CFA graduate Dash Shaw and his wife, Jane Samborski.  Dash is a comic book writer and Jane is an animator.  Make it a weekend for the arts….check out our students’ show on Friday night at Artworks then go see the movie Saturday or Sunday at the Byrd!  Click on link below to view full article.

“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”

May 22

Visual Arts Senior Showcase at Artworks 5-26-17

Join us for the Visual Arts Senior Showcase on Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Artworks, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA  23224.   Fabulous art by our talented students will be on display in a professional gallery setting.  Some art work for sale.  Admission is free.





May 19

CFA Theatre Teacher Todd Ritter Selected as Finalist for 2017 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Todd Ritter who has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence! This is a tremendous honor as approximately only 30 teachers from the greater Richmond area are chosen as finalists, and of those 30, only half are honored with the cash grant award.
The R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence were established in 1988 to recognize public school teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. The R.E.B. awards are designed to identify, recognize, and support teaching excellence in the metropolitan Richmond public school systems. Grants ranging from $4,000 to $12,000 each will be given to approximately fifteen teachers to support professional development activities. Recipients will be required to share educational ideas and experiences with fellow teachers. This program has been developed by The Community Foundation and is funded by the R.E.B. Foundation.
Mr. Ritter will submit a proposal to the committee sometime this summer and then he will have an interview with the selection panel in the fall. The R.E.B. Award Winners will be announced at a ceremony in November.
Mr. Ritter is so deserving of this honor and we are so proud of him and of his many accomplishments! He has done so much to grow and develop theatre programs and Drama Club here at Henrico High School and the Center for the Arts. We are lucky to have him as our Lead CFA Theatre Teacher and we wish him all the best! Way to go Mr. Ritter!
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May 19

Dr. Stephanie Poxon Named Top Henrico Teacher

CFA Director Dr. Stephanie Poxon has been named one of Henrico County’s 20 top teachers. Dr. Poxon was selected from a group of nearly 500 nominations from students, parents, grandparents and colleagues submitted earlier this year. Congratulations Dr. Poxon! We are so lucky to have her as our leader of CFA!   Click on the link below to read the article in Henrico Citizens about this wonderful recognition.

May 18

Welcome Students Entering CFA in 2017-2018 School Year

We enjoyed greeting our incoming students at the recent New Student Orientation on May 16, 2017.  We had a great turnout!  The evening started with a general session including remarks from Director Dr. Stephanie Poxon, Principal Karin Castillo-Rose, School Counseling Director Erica Johnson, and FCFA representative Brandy Ewell.   A welcome packet with information about CFA events, bus transportation, student schedules and more was distributed.   Students then attended breakout sessions in the curriculum areas where they received information about the program and what to expect next year.  They also received a syllabus and summer assignment for their CFA curriculum area (dance, musical theatre, theatre or visual arts).  
We have posted the welcome packet, syllabus for each curriculum area and summer work assignment on this website under the current students tab.  We will the requested course schedule to those unable to attend the orientation.  Please call the CFA office at 228-2718 if you have any questions. 


May 02

Dr. Stephanie Poxon Nominated for WorldStrides Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Dr. Stephanie Poxon for being nominated for WorldStrides Teacher of the Year! Several weeks ago, WorldStrides asked students and their families to nominate a favorite teacher for this honor, and they chose Dr. Poxon!

Here’s what one of them had to say about your impact as a teacher:

“I would like to nominate Dr. Stephanie Poxon for WorldStrides Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Poxon is the department chair for the Center for the Arts. As our leader, she works tirelessly with students, parents, teachers and administration to make the center a shining example of arts and academics at Henrico High School. Juggling theatre, musical theatre, dance, art while keeping everyone happy and organized by itself is an arduous task. But Dr. Poxon’s work does not stop there, it merely begins. Dr. Poxon passionately cares for every student in the Center. A constantly half empty bowl of chocolates on her desk is a testament to the countless check-ins she has with students. She holds them accountable for their academic progress while taking a personal interest in their lives. She celebrates their achievements, corrects them when they need to make better choices, and lends a compassionate ear when they struggle. You will not meet are more nurturing leader. As the leader of the Fine Arts Department, her passion for her staff is just as strong. Dr. Poxon leads with professionalism, fairness and respect. She is actively involved in every field of the department. She attends virtually every gallery event, every concert or performance, and even plays the piano for every drama club musical. In short, she practically lives at Henrico High School. Probably the most amazing thing about Dr. Poxon is that she does all of it with a smile. In fact, Dr. Poxon’s only true deficit is that she makes it look easy. People don’t realize how much work she does nor do they realize how well she does it because she just gets it done. She is a champion for the Center, a role model for her staff, and a warrior for each and every student and I whole-heartedly recommend her for this award.”

Apr 21

CFA Students Heading to the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Governor’s School

Congratulations to these Center for the Arts students who have been invited to attend Virginia’s Visual and Performing Arts Summer Governor’s School this summer at Radford University:

Emma Flynn – Theatre
Casey Gutenberger – Dance
Sasha Marston – Visual Arts
Sage Munson – Theatre
Holly Trenbath – Dance

We also congratulate Adelaide O’Connor who was named an Alternate (Waitlist) for Vocal Music.

This is a HUGE honor for these very talented students. The students will study their craft while living on campus at Radford for 4 weeks. Of the 7 total HCPS students INVITED/WAITLISTED for the VPA Governor’s School, 6 out of that 7 are CFA WARRIORS!!

Apr 17

Upcoming Events: Visual Arts & Musical Theatre Showcases + HCPS Arts Festival

There are 3 upcoming events for your entertainment at Henrico High:

Visual Arts Spring Showcase Saturday, April 22, 5-7pm (free).

Musical Theatre Spring Showcase Friday and Saturday April 21-22 at 7:30pm ($5).

HCPS county-wide Arts Festival April 22 & 23, 10am-4pm (free).


Mar 22

CFA Students Earn National Recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

We are so proud to share with you the results of this year’s National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. We had THREE NATIONAL SILVER KEY WINNERS for VISUAL ARTS and a NATIONAL GOLD KEY WINNER for LITERARY ARTS this year! All four recipients are Level IV CFA Visual Arts students!

These students were selected from hundreds of thousands of regional entries throughout the country and because they won gold at the regional level, their submissions were blindly adjudicated by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. These prestigious awards make them eligible to publish in national collections in print and online and nominate them for top scholarship opportunities at art & writing colleges around the country.

A very limited number of students are honored around the country so please congratulate the following three students for their SILVER MEDAL RECOGNITION on the national level:

Emmy Garcia for Fibers/Mixed Media
Yazmine Dearing for Drawing & Illustration
Camille Varner for Drawing & Illustration

Our gold key winner on the national level this year is among the most select group of students who will be honored in NYC at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 8th !  Please congratulate Rose Rea for her winning entry in the Short Story Literary Arts category!

Rose is one of only THREE students in the state of Virginia to receive this prestigious award!!

This is our first Gold Key National CFA winner for literary arts so a big congratulations to Rose Rea and her AP Literature teacher Mr. Hollowell in our CFA arts-infused academic program.  They will both travel (along with CFA Visual Arts teachers) to New York City in June to represent Henrico High School in a national program of events and exhibit at Parsons School of Design.

Mar 21

How to Accept or Decline Your Offer to Attend CFA in 2017-2018

Students selected to attend the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School for the 2017 – 2018 school year must accept or decline their offer by March 24, 2017.   Current middle school students will do this ONLINE while students currently attending high school, private school or homeschool will do so by email to CFA Director Dr. Stephanie Poxon.   Please read the directions BELOW on how to ACCEPT or DECLINE your offer.

For current middle school students, the ONLINE instructions are as follows:

  • The student response window opened on Friday, March 10th at 4:30 PM.

  • Students are expected to login to the online applicant program and submit responses through dropdown selections.

  • Students have the option to Accept or Not Accept an offer for any Selected and/or Waitlisted statuses . Students are only allowed to accept an offer or waitlist offer at ONE center.

  • The student response window is scheduled to close on Friday, March 24th.

 Step by Step Directions:

  1. Website address:

  2. Students will login using their HCPS Credentials. Note: Parents/Guardians, your credentials for the parent portal will not work for this site.  Only student credentials have access.

  3. Select Student Response Tab to review all application statuses.

  4. There are three possible statuses: Selected, Not Selected, and Waitlisted .

  5. There are two possible responses: Accept or Did Not Accept .

  6. Students will make selections per instructions at the top of the page.

  7. Students have the option to Accept or Not Accept an offer for any Selected and/or Waitlisted statuses.

  8. The student response window is scheduled to close on Friday, March 24th.

If you have questions or concerns, please see your child’s school counselor.

HOME SCHOOL, PRIVATE SCHOOL, or HCPS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT (in other words, you are NOT currently a HCPS MIDDLE STUDENT), you must ACCEPT or DECLINE your offer by sending an e-mail to Dr. Poxon no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Please send your e-mail to Dr. Stephanie Poxon, Director, CFA at


  1. All students ACCEPTING their offer will need to complete a course request form.  Please circle every class and level needed for the 2017-18 school year.  RETURN THIS DOCUMENT TO THE CFA OFFICE BY March 24, 2017.  This form may be downloaded by clicking on the following link:  CFA Course Registration 2017

  2. Summer Online Health course registration materials for Dance, Musical Theatre and Theatre students.  Read the registration instructions carefully.  Course registration deadline: March 31, 2017.  Note – this is only needed if you are selecting the THEATRE LEVEL I program.  This is not needed for VISUAL ARTS LEVEL I.   This document may be downloaded by clicking on the following link:  Online CFA Health Registration 2017


There will be a CFA orientation meeting for all new/incoming CFA Parents and Students on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Henrico High School Auditorium for all new CFA students and their parents.  Students will receive their CFA syllabus and supply list at this meeting.