Developing the Whole Child
As part of our commitment to providing students with a broad and varied
curriculum we believe all students should be exposed to the more creative
disciplines. We believe that participation in a creative program encourages
children to grow in confidence and self-expression, as well as expand their
knowledge and academic horizons
Students are encouraged to express their creativity through weekly art
classes taught by a professional Spectra artist. The art teacher serves as
facilitator in the exploration of mixed media art through interaction with a
variety of mediums and techniques. The emphasis is process-oriented.
Individuality and personal interpretation is prioritized through the process
and manipulation of materials as opposed to product end-result oriented work
(although we proudly display students’ work in the classroom.)
Emphasis is on imagination and developing confidence in creative expression.
Drama forms an integral part of our curriculum and brings an extra
dimension to other subjects such as history and language arts. We endeavor to
awaken theatrical interests within our students through participation in
annual school productions and theater visits. It is not only those with
acting ability that benefit from drama, all children are encouraged to
participate as a means to building self-confidence and communication skills
Music brings vibrancy to the curriculum and we consider participation to
be a vital outlet for our students’ creative expression. Every grade
has weekly music instruction from a professional music teacher. They learn to
play the recorder in 3rd grade, and the students in grades 4 through 8 get
hands on experience with orchestral, band, and modern popular instruments
provided by our school. Musical assemblies are performed for parents
throughout the year.
Students and teachers use the dramatic arts to deepen their understanding of themes, cultures and historical events. Role playing is often used as a spontaneous method of exploring a concept, demonstrating knowledge, expressing creativity, and illustrating social and emotional dynamics in a constructive and safe manner. Students in upper grades are involved in play writing, costuming, character study and set design.