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Prop 28: Arts & Music in Schools

On November 8, 2022, California voters approved Proposition 28: The Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act. The measure required the state to establish a new, ongoing program supporting arts instruction in schools beginning in 2023–24. The legislation allocates 1 percent of the kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) portion of the Proposition 98 funding guarantee provided in the prior fiscal year, excluding funding appropriated for the AMS education program. Local educational agencies (LEAs) with 500 or more students are required to ensure that at least 80 percent of AMS funds to be expended are used to employ certificated or classified employees to provide arts education program instruction. The remaining funds must be used for training, supplies and materials, and arts educational partnership programs, with no more than 1 percent of funds received to be used for an LEA’s administrative expenses. The full text of the statute is available here: Chapter 5.1 of Part 6 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code.

Thanks to ongoing funding from the state of California through Prop 28, we’ve had the opportunity to expand arts and music education throughout our district, preschool through 12th grade, plus VAPA support for our adult transition program called Roy Johnson at Redwood High School.

CVUSD Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) is committed to:
  • Presenting a wide variety of artists, musicians, performers, and modes of artistic expression that represent the diversity of our students and staff in positive ways
  • Providing opportunities for students to explore their interests, their cultures, and themselves
  • Uplifting the voices, movements, performances, and visual works of cultures and communities that have traditionally been overlooked and/or undervalued

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At the elementary level, all students in grades 1st through 5th receive designated Visual Art and Music instruction. 1st through 3rd graders receive 40 minutes per week, and 4th and 5th graders receive 80 minutes. Preschool through 5th grade teachers receive support from the VAPA TOSA for integrated lessons.

  • Justin Rienbolt - Music
  • Lisa May - Music
  • Chloe Billings - Music
  • Carina Zamora - Music
  • Heidi Dahms - Music
  • Amy Koth - Visual Art
  • Jane Brady - Visual Art
  • Linda Block - Visual Ar



At the Middle Schools, students may take one VAPA class per year as part of their exploratory cycle. Classes are expanding and include Band, Choir, Orchestra, World Music, Art, & Drama 

Canyon Middle School
  • Carina Zamora - Instrumental & General Music
  • Heidi Dahms - Instrumental & General Music
  • Julie Boehler - Choral Music
  • Griffin Bunn - Visual Art
  • Shauna Shoptaw - Drama
Creekside Middle School
  • Lotan Yeung - Instrumental Music
  • Chloe Billings - Choral Music
  • Julie Boehler - Choral Music
  • Grade Young - Drama

The High Schools require one year of Visual or Performing Arts to graduate, but students may take as many as they can fit into their schedule.  Class choices are growing and include Studio Art, Figure & Fashion Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Guitar, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Dance, and Theater classes.

Check out the CVHS VAPA Website

Castro Valley High School
  • Tiffany Daily
  • Alexis Knudsen
  • Jennifer Parker - Visual Art
  • Jo Sutton
  • Edward Yoon
  • Laryssa Sadoway - Choral Music
Redwood High School
  • Carly Becerra - Visual Art
Prop 28 Annual Report Linked Below:

Vision Statement:

Our vision for the CVUSD Visual and Performing Arts Department is rooted in diversity, inclusivity, and empowerment through the arts. We aim to provide a wide range of arts disciplines to all students, fostering creativity and self-expression, and ensuring accessibility at all schools and all grade levels. Our commitment is to eliminate barriers, enhance the quality of arts education, and unite staff in supporting arts programming to make the arts a central part of every student's life.