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Arts at PHS

Upper school students pause at the end of a dance number in Chicago the musical

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.

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

Centennial Hall

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.

Ward Parkway Campus

Hall Student Center Theatre/Boocock Gallery

This building on the Ward Parkway campus features a 700-seat theater. Middle and upper school students use this facility for performances, assemblies and special presentations. Boocock Gallery is used to display student artwork. The facility also provides space for performing arts classrooms.

Wornall Campus

Curry Theatre/Cooke Gallery

This 300-seat auditorium on the Wornall campus is used by students for music programs, assemblies and drama performances primarily for students early childhood and lower schools. Students on the Ward Parkway campus also use this theatre for drama productions. The gallery displays art from students in all divisions, as well as professional artists' work. Music Classrooms

On the Wornall campus, music instruction takes place in beautifully appointed facilities in the Primary Building (grades K-3), the Mellon Building (grades 4-5 and 5th grade band and strings ensemble), and the Hibschman Early Childhood Building (early years - prekindergarten).

Art instruction is offered in two dedicated classrooms in the Intermediate Building, and in individual classrooms in the Hibschman Early Childhood Building

Our Guiding Values In The Arts

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.

Self Discipline

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.