The Arts

The visual and performing arts programs encompass a variety of cultural and historical aspects. The focus is on the creative expression of students, by fostering self-esteem and coordinating group interaction. Each program follows California State Guidelines for the visual and performing arts. Critical thinking, problem solving, listening analytically, and learning the fundamentals are emphasized extensively throughout the grades.

Integration is also an important aspect of the visual and performing arts program. Lower School classroom teachers and the visual and performing arts teachers work closely to develop projects that enhance the understanding and the learning experience. Small, curriculum based productions are presented throughout the year in the Lower School.

Fifth and sixth grade students are required to take year-long visual arts and one of the two semester-long music options. Seventh and eighth grade students are required each semester to take one of the six visual or performing arts options, including drawing and painting, printmaking and 3-D art, band, chorus, drama, or string ensemble. Depending on interest, these offerings may change from year to year.

Upper School students are required to take a UC-approved year-long course in performing or in visual arts and at least one semester in the opposing program. These requirements are designed to introduce students to both the visual and performing arts while meeting or exceeding UC entrance requirements. After meeting the above requirements, students may choose to focus on a particular arts offering through continuing studies.