The Arts at Pembroke Hill


The visual and performing arts departments at the Pembroke Hill School endeavor to broaden and deepen the intellectual and creative development of each student, recognizing that the study of the arts opens a world of self-expression and analytical thought.

The arts program, designed to balance the creative process and the final product, incorporates high-quality instruction in each art discipline and an integrated approach to other academic areas. The arts curriculum at Pembroke Hill School offers each student a visual, aural and analytical language, as well as a context for interpreting historical perspectives and constructing meanings.

The Pembroke Hill School arts program mission is to inspire each student to explore the world through the visual and performing arts, thus simulating creativity, appreciation and learning, developing perceptual and conceptual skills and fostering interest in lifelong support of the arts. Strongly rooted in arts education, one of Pembroke Hill’s mission statements is to develop the creative abilities of the students by offering them extensive opportunities to display their artistic talents.

The Parents Association Arts Council was formed to encourage and enhance that vision at PHS. The Arts Council supports arts education through grants, events, workshops, purchase of equipment and publicity with the annual Performing Arts Playbill.

The arts facilities at Pembroke Hill also attest to this strong investment in the arts education.

Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall on the Ward Parkway campus, opening in 2008-09, is an impressive 28,000-square-foot structure designed by the architects at Peter Gisolfi Associates. The interior of the loft-like building features many open spaces, hard surfaces and large windows to provide natural light. The beautiful two-story entry includes plenty of space for the display of artwork and a 225-seat theater.

The classrooms were designed specifically for the needs of particular disciplines within the arts. There is a dance studio and a special area for vocal and instrumental music.  The hallway in the music area is lined with lockers for convenient instrument storage. The Electronics Imagery class gathers in a room with computer stations outfitted for this purpose. A darkroom is also included for students who are studying photography.





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Our Guiding Values

Freedom Of Inquiry And Expression

The arts offer an opportunity to explore different ways of perceiving and thinking about the world, and to give voice to those discoveries.

Artistic Courage

The student of the arts learns to take risks and build self-confidence, fostered by the support and encouragement of his/her teachers and the greater artistic community.

Significance Of Art In Building Civilization

Each arts discipline makes a unique contribution to the culture and to the loves of individuals, while the collaboration of the arts creates a powerful impact on the structure of society.


The student of the arts learns to focus personal resources and to persevere when obstacles to the completion of the process occur.


The student of the arts develops his/her ability to innovate and problem-solve by learning to challenge conventional ways of seeing and doing.