Commitment to the Arts
Because all students must take three years of instrumental music, theater, chorus or the visual arts, there are less stereotypical divisions among the student body (“jocks”, “cheerleaders”, “band”, “smart kids”, etc.) than traditional schools. Before leaving to play football for Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, Golden and Wesley Tate were members of the Advanced Men’s Choir as just two examples.
As great as the arts requirement is for all students, it’s even more special for students who are gifted in these areas. Too often in high schools across America, students are ostracized for their talent and interest in the arts, causing many students to hide their talents from their peers. Not at JPII! Here, artistic talent is celebrated as another element in becoming a true “Renaissance” young man or woman, something that we desire for all of our students. Students with talent or interest in the arts can take as many as 6 or 7 fine arts classes, with several AP options, before graduation.
St. Irenaeus once said “The glory of God is the human person fully alive.” Artistic expression is important part of helping students develop all facets of their character. If you’d like to learn more about our art program, go here.