Shaw VPA CEC can trace its long history back over one hundred and thirty years. 2007 marked the 100th Anniversary at our current location. Officially christened Henry Shaw School in 1870, it moved to 5329 Columbia Avenue in the historic Hill neighborhood in 1907. At that time the school serviced over 900 students, many of whom were of Italian descent.
Henry Shaw School added Visual and Performing Arts to its title in 1976 with the advent of the magnet program. In 1978, Shaw further expanded its offerings and became a Community Education Center. Today, Shaw VPA CEC has a student body of nearly 350 students, preschool through fifth grades, who receive instruction in the visual arts, dance, drama, vocal music, and instrumental music in addition to the academic curriculum. This combination of arts and academics allows our students to learn in a multitude of ways and instills a life-long love for learning.
At Shaw Visual and Performing Arts Community Education Center, our goal is to ensure that the educational needs of each child be met or exceeded through the use of grade level expectations, accomplished teaching, and integration with the performing arts. Students will experience successes in the academic and performing arts arenas as they strive for excellence.
It is our belief that all students can and will achieve at high levels of academics and achieve educational success. Emphasis will be placed on literacy as students, staff, parents, and community partners strive to become strong, eager readers. Through professional collaborations and arts partnerships, we challenge our students to aim high and try new experiences in all areas of visual and performing arts.
The community education component will foster and support adults and children alike to expand their learning experiences and to be life-long learners in many different disciplines. The CEC activities will promote connections within the communities and create a "family" atmosphere at Shaw.
Shaw VPA CEC will produce intrinsically-motivated and productive citizens of the 21st century. At Shaw VPA CEC we are “Setting the Bar HIGH…High Standards, High Expectations, and High Achievement!"