Applications for THE 23-24 school year will open Februray 1st-March 6th 2023

 For Grades K-4th, 6th-7th, and 9th-10th 

we are


The artistic flagship of Aurora Public Schools for aspiring young creators and creatives in grades K-12.

Aurora's Only Rigorous, Arts-Integrated Education
for Kindergarten through 12th Grade

At the Charles Burrell Visual & Performing Arts Campus, students are immersed in comprehensive arts programs and rigorous academics so that they are ready to pursue creative careers or college degrees. Extensive performances and exhibitions give students opportunities and platforms to display their talents so that they become confident and develop their artistic potential. Our inspiring faculty who are practicing artist/educators work with students individually and encourage intellectual and artistic curiosity so that students work toward advanced levels of creative and artistic professionalism. Our diverse and talented staff and students create a community of shared passion, diverse perspectives, knowledge, skills, and professional expertise where students develop self-awareness and become well-rounded artist-scholars.

We Value


We model confidence for our students by believing in ourselves as we make informed decisions, take risks, persevere, and self-reflect.


As a creative community, we celebrate the journey of individual and collective expression by honoring innovation, curiosity, imagination, and authentic experiences.


We are an empathetic, inclusive community that values everyone by creating safe spaces and amplifying voices.


Kindergarten-8th Grade Curriculum

Students at Burrell Arts K-8 engage in an arts-integrated, standards-aligned core curriculum in a small school environment. Students also receive 90 minutes of dedicated daily arts instruction through our Art Studios. Art Studios available to the student include:

Visual Arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry)

Media Arts (graphic design, video game creation, film)

Design Arts (maker space; robotics; costume/set design)

Theater Arts (acting, musical theater)

Dance Arts (ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz)

Musical Arts (vocal, instrumental)


9-12 Grade Curriculum

To be considered for the pathway, students will have to go through an application, interview, and audition process.

Students entering the 9th-grade pathway will receive an arts-integrated, standards-aligned core curriculum. Students are required to major in multimedia arts or performing arts. Under each major, students choose a field of study that we call, Creative Labs. Our labs give students a space for creative experimentation.


The Magnet School Application Process allows families from Aurora and anywhere in the Denver Metro area to apply to a school other than their boundary school. There are different criteria for each grade level, so please be sure to read the website carefully. Depending on grade-level, we may conduct a lottery or hold an interview or audition. Please note that as an APS Magnet School, we are part of Aurora Public Schools and are not a charter school.

Learn About Admission


Charles Burrell has enjoyed an outstanding career as a bassist for the Denver Symphony Orchestra and is also considered a master jazz bassist; one of the few musicians to have mastered both genres. His life and legacy exemplify the mission of Aurora Public Schools new arts magnet campus -- the Charles Burrell Visual & Performing Arts Campus.

More About Charles Burrell

How Will You Create?

Young group of dancers practicing in a gym

"We provide a rigorous, arts-integrated education that honors diverse perspectives and experiences, fosters deep inquiry, and develops student self-awareness."


9-12 campus location

11700 E. 11th Ave. Aurora, CO 80011-3758