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:


Marcus Muhammad, Acting Principal

Benjamin Ingram, Assistant Principal

Charlotte Wright, Assistant Principal

M. Golden, Administrative Assistant

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