We believe meaningful engagement with the arts is an integral part of scholarship and active citizenship. To reflect this value, every school employs full-time arts educators as part of their core academic team that teaches all scholars. We also offer a variety of after-school activities and partnerships to support specialized growth and training in the arts.
Arts Classes for All Scholars
Across the K-12 spectrum, every scholar receives formal instruction in 2-3 artistic disciplines (music, visual art, dance, theater, step, film). Through these core arts classes, we grow our scholars’ capacities to think critically, communicate fluently, and take informed, creative action within an artistic discipline. Arts classes emphasize knowledge and skill-building, art-making, and ongoing inquiry into how the arts reflect and shape personal identity and culture.
Scholars contribute to their school’s arts culture through regular showcases, concerts, exhibitions, and other opportunities to share creative output. From the earliest years in Kindergarten, creative expression is framed as a powerful vehicle for self-discovery and civic engagement.
Arts-Specific Support for Teachers
Arts teachers receive arts-specific professional development, feedback and evaluation, and play a pivotal role both in their own school’s arts programs, and as contributors to the DPPS Arts network support system. Each year the DPPS Arts team implements a strategy to strengthen the common threads all arts disciplines share, and increase systemic value for the arts in all of our geographic regions.