About Our Performing Arts Programs
Students should have artistic experiences that allow them to have fun, be creative, and build personal skills that last a lifetime. Our program is designed to teach fundamental skills, especially in the Lower School and Middle School, and to help even our most serious students grow as performers.
Beginning in kindergarten, students in each grade take dance, drama, and music classes where they learn general skills, such as posture, storytelling, rhythm and pitch. Our youngest students are incredibly brave, and it’s remarkable what they can accomplish given the right opportunity — writing plays in kindergarten, harmonizing in the first grade, and directing in fifth grade. In the fourth grade, students select a music specialty (band, choir, or orchestra) and begin more formal skills-based training.
Middle School students continue their broad performing arts education through the Middle School Arts Rotation, which includes dance, theatre, and band, choir, or orchestra. Students in Middle School also have the opportunity to try out for two one-act plays that are performed in the spring.
In the Upper School, students take a minimum of two years in the visual and performing arts to develop advanced technical skills and a nuanced understanding of their instruments and fields of study. They also have the opportunity to join many small and large performance groups. In some classes, students can earn credits transferrable to the University of California and California State University arts programs.