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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Visual & Performing Arts

Students in band class at Cascade Middle School.

The Visual and Performing Arts Department provides support for school programming in dance, music, theatre and visual & media arts.

Highline students have a wide variety of arts experiences available through their schools. As a core subject area, Highline has made a commitment to the arts through the Board Policy on Arts Education.

“The Board believes that through arts education, students learn to develop creativity, discipline, perception, perseverance, self-expression, and critical thinking. These capacities are fundamental in preparing students for college, career, and citizenship. The Board further believes that a comprehensive arts education program promotes and strengthens our cultural diversity."

Highline Board Arts Policy 2160

Arts Program Goals

  • Music and artistic literacy
  • Fine arts competency and acheivement
  • Access to courses at basic and advanced levels
  • Cultural connections
  • Self-esteem and self-expression
  • Artistic expression and creativity
  • Life-long arts appreciation

Benefits of Arts Education

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Cultural relationships
  • Respect for self, family, school and community
  • Strong school and parent partnerships
  • Leadership and self-confidence
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Expanded career opportunities
  • Skills for a global economy

Parent & Community Involvement

Highline encourages families to support their children’s development in music and the arts. Families and community members can:

  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Help students learn music at home
  • Encourage exploring and creating visual and media art at home
  • Attend school performances and arts events
  • Support arts programs through your Parent/Teacher organization
  • Share expertise and knowledge of music and arts from your own culture or country of origin

To find out more about arts programming at a particular school, please contact the school directly.

Elementary Music

Highline provides music in every elementary school as a part of the academic school day for every student. Students learn valuable 21st-century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Students in music class at Madrona Elementary School.

Grades K-6 General Music

  • Every student has music as a part of their basic core education
  • Students engage in scheduled music two times per week totaling 90 minutes
  • Students learn music through movement, playing instruments, and singing in a fun, safe, and supportive environment
  • District, national, and state standards drive comprehensive music instruction
  • Research-based music curriculum supports crucial child development
  • Students perform at school and in the community

Grades 5-6 Instrumental Music

  • Opportunities for 5th- and 6th-grade beginning and advanced band are available at all 18 elementary schools
  • 5th- and 6th-grade orchestra at Parkside Elementary and Marvista Elementary
  • Instruments available for students in need
  • Rigorous, collaborative, and fun instruction to promote community
  • Performance opportunities leading to successful middle school and high school experiences
  • Opportunities for creative expression

 

Middle & High School Music

Highline provides music opportunities as core academic areas in our middle schools and credit bearing opportunities in high school.  Students learn valuable 21st-century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Middle & high school music

  • Every student has multiple opportunities for music as a part of their basic core education as a part of the core 24 graduation requirements
  • Instrumental and vocal ensembles include wind band, jazz band, orchestra, choral, guitar/ukulele, percussion, and other opportunities
  • District, national, and state standards drive comprehensive music instruction
  • Students perform at school, in the community, and have opportunities to compete in regional, state, and national levels

Visual & Media Arts

Highline provides visual arts opportunities as core academic areas in elementary and middle schools and credit bearing opportunities in high school.  Students learn valuable 21st-century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Elementary Visual & Media Arts

  • Students have opportunities to experience visual art as a part of their core classroom instruction, instructed by classroom teachers.
  • District, national and state standards drive visual arts instruction.
  • Various community arts education partnerships and artists- in-residencies take place at individual schools.

Middle School Visual Arts & Media Arts

  • Middle school students are given the opportunity to explore visual arts though introductory elective art classes.
  • Basic classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics are available at every middle school.               

High School Visual Arts & Media Arts

  • High school students have expanded and sequential opportunities in multiple visual arts areas as a part of Core 24 graduation requirements.
  • Opportunities in two- and three-dimensional art include:
    • Drawing, painting and photography
    • Sculpture and ceramics
    • Graphic arts, video production and emerging technologies in art

Theatre

Theatre programs are offered in all of our comprehensive high schools, either through a course during the school day or through after school clubs. 

Contact your school to learn about what is offered. 

Dance

Elementary

  • Dance and movement units are taught in elementary schools through general music and PE classes.
  • Teachers in music classes often integrate music concepts with kinesthetic learning, and PE teachers integrate dance learning.
  • Highline partners with a variety of community arts education organizations, such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet.  We are expanding our partnerships regionally, giving students opportunities with various school workshops and residencies.

Middle & High School

Dance instruction is offered at Evergreen High School.

  • Dance courses and instruction are driven by district, national and state standards.
  • Students perform at school and in the community.