The arts play a significant role in providing our students with a balanced program. The Arts Department offers a range of courses in four disciplines: visual arts, drama, music, and dance. Students are required to take a minimum of four semesters of art at College Prep, though many take more.
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of work are possible in each discipline. Entry-level classes introduce each art form, build technical abilities, include instruction in basic theory, and hone the skills of appreciation and analysis. Arts courses beyond the entry-level classes may be repeated for credit. Participation in at least two arts disciplines is required. Most arts courses also fulfill the University of California Visual and Performing Arts requirement, which stipulates that students take two consecutive semesters in a single discipline of art.
The visual and performing arts classes participate in collaborative, school-wide projects throughout the year. These include performances for International Day, Grandfriends Day, Art and Chamber Music Evenings, the Fall and Spring Music Concerts, the Annual Dance Show, performing arts and dance projects, drama productions, the biennial spring musical, and the biennial music tour.