Secondary Arts Curriculum
At the secondary level, the arts are electives, and students may sign up for the courses that interest them the most. This is a time of exploration and trying new things. Students may choose to focus on one area and enroll in it for multiple years, or they may try a variety of different courses. Courses meet daily on either a semester or year-long basis at the middle school, and on a year-long basis at the high school. This daily class time allows students to explore disciplines with more depth, and to begin to master skills in an area of interest.
Students that are deeply involved in the arts often find a community of kindred spirits that offer support throughout the middle and high school years. There are many opportunities to be involved beyond the regularly scheduled class period. Teachers showcase and celebrate student work throughout the year through a variety of opportunities, including art exhibits, school performances, extracurricular performances, parades, community performances, field trips, and even extended traveling trips. Some schools participate in competitions and festivals that allow both individuals and groups to be recognized and challenged for greater growth.