Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy

Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy offers a comprehensive academic and creative arts curriculum for grades 5-12 that includes band, dance, drama, mass media, orchestra, piano, technical theater, visual arts and vocal music. It is the only school of its kind in the region and has an award-winning concert choir, jazz band and orchestra, which have performed in several concerts in China. Also worth highlighting:

  • Bill Gates Millennium Scholar Program recipient, which provides a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide outstanding students from diverse ethnic backgrounds enhanced opportunities for academic excellence
  • Ranked among the “best performing arts high schools” by US News and World Report
  • Only school in Indiana authorized to offer Confucius music classes
  • 100% graduation rate

Arts Courses:

      • Drama
      • Band/Jazz Band
      • Orchestra
      • Jr. Choral Choir
      • Concert Choir
      • Dance
      • Visual Arts
      • Piano
      • Technical Tech
      • Radio-Television

School Contact Information:


Mary Ward, Principal

Benjamin Ingram, Assistant Principal

Charlotte Wright, Assistant Principal

M. Golden, Administrative Assistant

210 N. Grand Blvd.
Gary, IN 46403
(219) 321-8555

RSS Latest News

  • 2017-18 School Year Calendar | Available Now! July 19, 2017
  • GCSC 2017 Graduation April 27, 2017
  • Tutoring Program at Wirt/Emerson VPA | Starting September 26, 2016 September 26, 2016
    Working in conjunction with the District-wide initiative, Wirt/Emerson will provide an after school Tutoring Program with intense Remediation and/or Enrichment for every student. Focus Areas • Reading Across the Curriculum • Math Across the Curriculum Start Date: Monday, September 26, 2016 End Date: Friday, September 30, 2016 Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Days: Monday […]
  • Opportunities abound at Wirt-Emerson VPA September 16, 2016
    At Gary Community Schools, students receive unparalleled opportunities in the areas of education, athletics, arts and career preparation. All of our schools are unique and offer students unforgettable experiences. Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy […]
  • Wirt-Emerson Audition Announcement August 22, 2016
    The Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy will be holding open auditions on August 24th, 25th, and 26th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and on Friday September 2nd from 3:00 TO 6:00 p.m. […]