Welcome to Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA)

  • Greetings!


    As principal, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to our website for Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). We begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely, and a little later than usual, for at least the first six weeks due to the continue COVID-19 situation.


    We are in our 49th year of excellence in the arts and academics at HSPVA! We continue to celebrate what makes us one of the nation's most prestigious high schools: our proud heritage, dedicated staff, successful alumni, supportive parents, and, most importantly, our gifted and talented students. We are thrilled with our new state of the art five-story building in downtown Houston, only blocks from the prestigious Theatre District! The design and construction journeys from 2016-2019 were amazing as we worked with architects from Gensler and our contractors from McCarthy Building Companies.  Watching our student settle in and raise the level of art and performance in the new spaces has been inspiring and we cannot wait to have them back on campus once it is safe to return to face to face instruction.


    The entire school community is proud of our unprecedented achievements since our inception in 1971. HSPVA has one of the highest numbers of Presidential Scholars in the Arts in the nation. COVID-19 prevented accountability rankings for Texas schools for 2019-2020, but for the 2018-2019 school year, HSPVA once again earned the highest ranking possible under the Texas Education Agency's accountability system garnering an overall grade of A for the school report card.  The school “met standard” for every indicator and earned “distinctions” in six of the seven areas measured by the state.  We look forward to continuing the progress that we made the year before last to fulfill, even better, our mission to provide a balanced program of rigorous training in the arts and challenging academics.


    Kinder HSPVA is truly a school like no other. As I walk the hallways and observe students studying and participating in creative writing, dance, theatre, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts, and academics, I realize how fortunate they are to have a fine arts campus to attend in the Houston Independent School District. The students work hard in both the academics and the arts to move toward their goals of graduation and beyond. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students reach those goals and dreams whether preparing them remotely or face to face.


    Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is rich in a tradition of excellence. I look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders in moving HSPVA to an even higher level of achievement, both academic and artistic. Please let me know if there is anything, I can do to help you at HSPVA.


    If you have not read the cover story of Houston’s Downtown magazine Spring 2019 issue, it is a great profile of our school and students.  Click HERE to access that article


    After this visit to our website, you are invited to come back for more – more information about HSPVA events, photos, updated news, and more HSPVA magic and excitement!



    Scott Allen, Ed.D. Principal


    Kinder HSPVA