The Performing Arts Academy is designed for juniors and seniors interested in specialized coursework focusing on advanced study or a career in the fine arts/entertainment industry.  Students who complete the program receive a fine arts add-on to their diploma.

The program combines arts education with technical training in an effort to give interested students not only an excellent arts education, but also the technical skills necessary to enter the entertainment industry in a variety of different technical fields.


Students interested in joining the Performing Arts Academy are chosen from a competitive process that includes an application, audition and interview.  Students who audition and are accepted into the program are required to complete six credits of specialized arts study such as foundations of fine arts, choir, band, drama, piano, broadcasting, senior recital and senior project practicum.  They are also required to take 6 credits of technical courses including marketing, electrical technology, fashion, accounting, and marketing principles.


The entertainment industry employs thousands of people who work in set design, sound, costume design, marketing and other fields. GCHS students who have developed a love for performing can also graduate equipped with the technical skills necessary to join the entertainment industry in a career behind the scenes.


There is no cost for participating in the Performing Arts Academy.

Main Take Away

Gadsden City is known for its outstanding arts program, and now through the Performing Arts Academy, GCHS students have become the first public high school students in the state of Alabama to have access to a specialized arts/technical training diploma.

Who to Contact

Paul Edmondson, Assistant Principal/Director of Fine Arts, (256)543-3614,