The Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts is a fine arts and communications high school in Laredo, Texas, founded in 1993 by Vidal M. Treviño, the LISD superintendent and a former member of the Texas House of Representatives. High school students from all three of the Laredo Independent School District high schools - Cigarroa High School, Martin High School and J. W. Nixon High School - meeting the acceptance requirements come to the school either in the morning or in the afternoon. They take one core academic class and one fine art or communication class. The academic classes are taught at the Pre-AP or AP level, meaning a more rigorous curriculum than regular level academic classes.
VMT opened in the fall of 1993, using public buildings such as the Laredo Civic Center and the Holding Institute. Today, the campus is housed in historic buildings throughout the downtown St. Peter's Historical District of Laredo. Later that year, the main building (the old Warren G. Harding Jr. High School) was opened and is used for core academic classes. The Music, Dance, Communications, Visual Art, and Theatre Art classes are in buildings and houses across the street or a few blocks down from the main building.
The VMT Visual Arts program teaches the art students painting and sketching, of course, but they also must take as a requirement to graduate, Metal Arts and Sculpture classes. Here they learn how to make small statues and jewelry. Students make posters and artwork for school functions,participate in the annual "Tapestry" literary magazine, and participate in many local art shows.
The VMT Dance Department offers students various dance classes, such as ballet folklorico, classical ballet & jazz, flamenco, and modern ballet & tap. These students have performed at the local, state, and national level competitions with great success.
The VMT Theatre Department offers acting, directing and technical production classes. The students prepare monthly performances for their colleagues and community. Every summer,students collaborate with the local community college and university Theatre Arts students, performing well-known Broadway plays. Past productions include "The King and I", "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", "Fame!", "Anything Goes", "West Side Story", "Beauty and the Beast" "Oliver!" "The Wiz" and "The King and I."
The VMT Music Department is the largest fine arts program at VMT. Courses offered include low brass studies, high brass studies, woodwind studies,orchestral strings, piano, guitar, steel drums and vocal ensemble are also available. In addition to applied lessons with their respective teachers, students may join various ensembles, including The VMT Philharmonic Orchestra, SoundTown (showband), Ovation Brass, Camerata Winds, or Conjunto Extremo. Mariachi and rondalla guitar ensembles are also popular. These groups regularly performs across the City, and at various local, state, and national competitions. Known as the "Hanon Society," this piano performance group is the only one of its kind in South Texas. The MIDI Department offers classes in experimental music, using synthesizers and computer technology for compositional purposes.
The Communications department offers classes in radio and television broadcasting, audio and video production as well as newspaper and creative writing. The Communications department staff includes long time journalist Mark Webber and audio and video production specialist Carlos Imperial
Work has been completed on the relocation of The Treviño School in August 2015 across from Nixon High School on Bartlett Street. There is space for administration, visual and performing arts, a cafeteria, and outdoor amphitheatre. The $18 million two-story structure is designed for eight hundred students. The lower floor will house administration offices, a reception area, computer labs, workrooms, conference rooms, two classrooms, two art studios, and a library media center. The top floor is reserved for graphic design, the Magnet Tribune newspaper room, radio and television broadcast studio, two classrooms, and a photography section.
Hector "Tito" Garcia, the LISD board president, said the new facility will accomplish the dream of Vidal Treviño: "It will enhance the talent we have in Laredo and hopefully get more students to participate."