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The arts offer important opportunities for adolescents as they find their own voices and discover their talents. The middle school arts curriculum encourages personal artistic expression in visual, dramatic, and music arts, along with appreciation of multidisciplinary artists across many cultures throughout history.
Our visual arts curriculum includes drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking. Students learn to plan, execute, and evaluate their artwork with increasing sophistication. They’re taught to consider the formal aspects of art making while further developing their artistic visions.
All students participate in drama and music classes. For the annual theatrical production, most of the middle school students take part in the play in various roles, including acting, tech crew, and set design.
Music class offerings range from rock, jazz, and chamber bands to chamber chorus and orchestra. Students learn not only specific instrument skills (learning to play guitar, keyboard, bass, or drums), they also learn to work together respectfully and productively as an ensemble.
Students are very dedicated and enthusiastic and they enjoy performing at the holiday and end-of-year shows. Extracurricular offerings for advanced students include optional classes in media arts, vocal ensemble, and dance.
Every spring, students share what they have accomplished in their classes with friends and family. Students from kindergarten through twelfth grade showcase their creativity and hard work with displays of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and multimedia projects.
Cast and crew work very hard after school for most of the school year, rehearsing, creating sets, and choreographing lighting and sound.
Students have an opportunity to perform the musical skills they’ve learned at Middle School Music Nights.