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Elementary Students performance
NVAA at Desert Cove Elementary School offers a fully integrated K-6 arts education program where the arts are used strategically to support other curriculum areas. Students engage in the creative process to connect an art form with another subject area to gain a greater understanding of both.
Once the student reaches 5th grade, they can study either Dance, Theatre, Music Technology, or Visual Art more in-depth every day at school. This opportunity begins the pathway to nurture the student’s artistry through 12th grade. Explore. Create. Shine. NVAA offers an exceptional arts education!

About the NVAA Program at PVSchools

The mission of the North Valley Arts Academies is to foster creative and confident artists who are committed to and passionate about the power of the arts in society. The vision of the North Valley Arts Academies is to create a unique program within a school learning environment that focuses on empowering young people to tell their own stories, develop their creative selves, and engage the world through the arts.

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What's Offered at the North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools

Additional NVAA Details

Key Program Features & Benefits

  • Specialized “school within a school” arts program under the guidance of award-winning arts educators
  • Program pathway from elementary to middle to high school
  • Students graduate with the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency and NVAA Honors
  • Multiple entry points
  • Schools are conveniently located off State Route 51 and Shea Blvd.
  • Immersion in your student's creative passion

We Value

  • Student individuality
  • Collaboration
  • Diverse approaches to creativity
  • Leadership and innovation
  • Community
  • Arts as an essential part of a well-rounded education

What Our Parents Say:

I would recommend this program to other parents and students as it offers students an opportunity to strengthen skills in the areas that they are passionate about, because students get to practice and build relationships with others who share their interest daily, and because the program is designed to work across schools and disciplines."
Robyn Ratcliff, 7th grade parent

NVAA Contacts 

Lesley Machbitz


Michael Ferraro


Rachelle Dart


Katie Hall


Tanya Dimitrov


Journey to Opening Night: NVAA's 'The Little Mermaid'

North Valley Arts Academy, a Desert Cove signature program, provides students the opportunity to participate in theatre productions with middle and high school students. Please enjoy highlights of the production and the following video "Journey to Opening Night: NVAA's The Little Mermaid."