Robert S. Allen, Principal
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 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. This school year brings even more excitement than usual as we enter our first full year in our state of the art five-story building in downtown Houston, only blocks from the prestigious Theatre District! The design and construction journeys 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 was inspiring this spring. I know that will continue this school year! Read More.
A message from Dr. Allen - July 15, 2020
I hope this message finds you well and enjoying summer as much as possible. With these temperatures and the humidity, it is summer in Houston for sure!
I wanted to touch base with you as HISD will be releasing information later today regarding the start of school in August. After conversations with the upper level administration during our principal meeting this morning, I believe that the district has thought through our current COVID-19 situation and has developed guidelines for safely beginning the school year this fall. I understand that no plan will make every stakeholder happy, but I would ask that no matter your feelings or opinions, that we all remain positive in order to support our students at Kinder HSPVA and in Houston ISD.
Formal announcements are scheduled this afternoon and information will be posted on the HISD website (www.houstonisd.org) for you to access at that time. In the next couple of weeks, I will be meeting virtually with our administrative team and teacher leaders to develop our plans that will meet the district’s guidelines. I ask for your patience as we make decisions that are in the best interest of our young artists. As soon as those plans are finalized and approved by our Northwest Area leadership, I will communicate them to you.
I have taken a few days this week to visit my parents and I have no access to e-mail until next week. I am actually sitting in a restaurant parking lot in their small town in order to send this message. I am truly in the country outside Austin and, while it is a bit frustrating not to have internet access (or Netflix…), it is a much-needed getaway.
As numbers continue to indicate that the COVID-19 situation in Houston is not getting better, I would ask that we do everything possible to slow the spread. No politics here…please were a mask, social distance, and stay at home whenever possible. Our Kinder HSPVA students and families continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. As I have said in the past, nothing would make me happier than to have all 800+ of our students on campus on August 24th for learning to begin in both the arts and academics. My prayer is that we will all be together soon making magic at PVA!
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.
Scott Allen, Ed.D