One of the
school’s foremost curricular objectives is a balanced program in which the arts play a significant and well-integrated
In order to achieve this goal, the Arts Department offers a wide variety
of courses in four disciplines: visual arts, drama, music, and dance.
Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of work are possible in each
discipline. Entry-level classes provide an introduction to the art form, build technical skills, include instruction
in basic theory, and develop skills in appreciation and analysis.
All of the
semester-long arts courses receive 1/4 unit credit unless otherwise specified. Courses above the entry-level classes may be repeated for additional credit. The graduation
requirement for art is one unit, which may be taken as four 1/4 unit classes or
two 1/4 unit classes plus one 1/2 unit course. Participation in at least two
arts disciplines is required. Most of the offerings in each discipline also
fulfill the UC Visual and Performing Arts requirement. To satisfy the
requirement, students must take two consecutive semesters in one discipline of
school year, various collaborative efforts are undertaken by the visual and performing arts classes. These include
projects for International Day, Multicultural Evening, Grandfriends Day, Arts
and Chamber Music Evenings, the Fall and Spring Music Concerts, the Annual Dance Showcase, performing arts and dance collaborations, drama productions, the biennial spring musical, and the
biennial music tour.