All Middle School students participate in a full arts curriculum, which includes:
A visual arts program that emphasizes connections between artistic and academic disciplines and historical, cultural and real world contexts through observation, conversation, research and art making. Over their four years in Middle School, students receive a strong foundation in drawing, painting, printmaking, clay modeling, mixed media and construction.
An instrumental and choral music program that allows students to explore interests and begin deeper study into rhythm, pulse, melody, harmony, texture, timbre and dynamics and strengthen their growing “musical toolbox,” through the study of music theory and musicianship knowledge. There are ample opportunities for students to stretch themselves musically through participation in select choral and instrumental ensembles.
A theatre program beginning in 6th grade that focuses on development of a student’s ability for self-expression, both as an individual and as a member of a creative group experience. The skills learned in the pursuit of effective performance apply not only to improved self-confidence and public presentation, but to increasing the ability to observe, experience and appreciate self and environment as well. A lively musical production each winter calls upon skills learned in theatre class for many students; those not chosen for parts after auditions are encouraged to work behind the scenes.