TEXT SIZE:     A | A | A | A

APA Kids! & APA Jr. Mission
Children will participate in a program of arts education designed for each age group to enhance self-esteem, build bridges among diverse groups, and broaden their creative skills. They will experience the arts through active participation in instructional activities conducted at the newly renovated visual and performing arts facility at HBHS, culminating in a showcase performance and mini art show the last day. 

A Summer Arts Program
For students entering Grades 1st-9th, Fall 2014
Monday-Friday, 8:45a – 12:30p
Frist Session "APA Flies To Neverland"
Second Session "APA Rocks"

Fee: All students $260.  Sibling (same session): $210.  after 6/2 all children $290


View our catalog of classes:


Click Here for APA Trifold

Click Here for Emergency/Rgistration form needed the 1st day of class

Calendar & Fees

Program Location:
HBHS Historic Theatre & APA Arts Facilities
1905 Main St., Huntington Beach 92648
APA Office: (714) 536-2514, x4025


APA Kids! &  APA  Jr.  Daily Program
Children and parents will meet the first morning in the Black Box Theatre promptly at 8:45a for attendance and bulletins. Students will attend four classes each morning including dance, creative dramatics, vocal music, and arts/crafts. Classes will be 55 minutes each. Children will be grouped according to ages in these classes (1st-2nd grades, 3rd-4th grades, 5th-6th, and 7th-9th) with the goal of 20 in each class. During the last three days, children will prepare for the Showcase Performances the final day (July 18th or August 1) at 11:00a.

Dance focuses on movement, coordination, and listening skills. Emphasis is on vocabulary, rhythm/meter, forms of locomotion, basic dance steps and turns through body awareness and self-expression. 

Vocal Music encompasses age appropriate work on musical theater vocal styles. Songs and dance movements will be taught to popular Broadway hits. 

Art (Drawing and Painting for Kids) Express your-self and have fun! Students will be introduced to a variety of art materials and approaches to creating art. Landscape, figure, animals, cartoons and other subject matter will be explored. Instrutors:  Daina Anderson and Matt Harward

Creative Dramatics will focus on creating character, using voice and movement to express oneself, and “acting” as appropriate to the age group. 

APA Kids! /APA Jr.! recruits very successful, experienced teachers and performers to instruct our children in the arts or assist the teachers. Many are from the Academy for the Performing Arts high school staff or are Academy graduates.


APA Kids! &   APA  Jr.  Faculty & Staff

Diane Makas, Director, Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) & APA Summer Programs Diane holds an MA in Administration and a BFA in Dance. For 18 years, she has been the Artistic Director and dance instructor for APA and is a lead founder of Jr. APA! & APA Kids! .Diane has choreographed numerous productions for APA; for Park Playhouse, Albany, NY; and for OCHSA.

Alexis Karol — Vocals & Creative Dramatics Alexis teaches acting and musical theater at both APA and OCHSA, and is on staff at the Westminster Rose Center Theater. She holds a B.A. in Theater with Honors from Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center.

Daina Anderson, Art-Drawing and Painting-Daina has taught Visual Arts for 16 years and is currently teaching at Westminster High School and APA. She has a BA in Art Education from California State University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year.

Matt Harward, Arts — Drawing & Painting Matt holds a Fine Arts degree (CSULB) and trained at American Animation Institute, Hollywood.  He currently teaches at HBHS Art 1-3, Commercial Art, and Entertainment Art. Matt exhibits his original art in many shows in OC/LA area and he teaches ceramics and drawing at HB Adult School.

Jennefer Simpson-Mathews,Dance is a credentialed teacher with a master's degree in reading and literature. She teaches first grade and music and movement at Kennedy Elementary school, as well as musical theater for APA. 

Brande Dunn-Dance is a credentialed teacher with a BA in French and Dance and a master's degree in Education. She is a faculty member at HBHS and the ballet teacher at APA. Brande is also the faculty advisor for Dance Team.

College Students who are graduates of APA will also be working this summer assisting in our program.


Sign up to Receive HBAS News
Part of the Huntington Beach Union High School DistrictStaff Portal | Employment
17231 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Copyright © Huntington Beach Adult School. All rights reserved
site by Volatile Studios