A vibrant, integral part of our community and student life.
Students have opportunities to explore the arts both inside and outside of the classroom. Through class curricula, students act in plays, experiment with paint and sculpture, compose music, create video and radio broadcasts, and much more. Outside of the classroom, as an extra-curricular activity, students can perform in our after school Back à Dos performing arts program, which produces five major shows each year across Middle and High School. We cast every student who auditions for Back à Dos, and all student-actors also learn backstage and production skills. In addition to theater performances, the program offers several musical concerts and art festivals throughout the year.
Our arts faculty enriches our student learning by inviting visiting artists in each artistic discipline to the classroom. This can take the form of a one-off visit, a weekend workshop, or a series of events over the course of the semester. Since 2009, local physical theater company, foolsFURY, has been an “artist in residence” and artistic collaborator with our school. FoolsFURY has a strong reputation for artistic exploration and leadership in the Bay Area, with accolades including the award for “Best Theater Company” from the San Francisco Weekly and the GOLDIE award for outstanding local theater group from the Bay Guardian.