Center of Excellence for the Arts

“Home of the Truckers”                 

4301 Cedar Lane ¨ Portsmouth, Virginia 23703

757.686.2500 - Office ¨ 757.686.2504 - Fax

Mr. Shawn L. Millaci, Principal



Dear Center of Excellence Applicant,

The Center of Excellence for the Visual and Performing Arts at Churchland High School offers unique opportunities for students who are interested in the visual arts, drama, dance, or music. The Center of Excellence offers two tracks for students with an interest in the visual and performing arts.

In-Zone and Out-of-zone students interested in studying a wide variety of art elective classes in high school.  Performing arts classes include vocal and instrumental music, dance, and drama. Requirements include a completed application, excellent attendance record, good grades, no behavioral issues, and a keen and serious interest in the visual or performing arts. If accepted, the student becomes a full-time Churchland High School Trucker and must sign up for one art class every semester (2 classes per year). If the student declines at any time, he or she will be returned to his or her zoned high school.

Applications to take any classes that are part of The Center of Excellence at Churchland High School are available to any Portsmouth student that will be in high school next fall. Students who are zoned for another high school and are accepted into The Center of Excellence at Churchland High School, you may receive a zone wavier and be provided transportation from your home to Churchland High School.

The application packet can be picked up from your middle school or high school guidance office. Complete packets for all students should include the Center of Excellence Application, a completed zone waiver form (if students are zoned for another high school), transcripts, discipline records, attendance records, and SOL scores.

Please complete this online application by May 26th, 2023. Once the applications have been reviewed, you will be contacted by phone and a date will be set for an interview/audition. For additional questions about performing arts, please contact Ms. Alex Gray, Department Chair (
[email protected]), and for information about visual arts, please contact Ms. Melanie Graham, Department Chair ([email protected]).



Shawn L. Millaci

Mr. Shawn L. Millaci, Principal

Principal Churchland High School

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