Upper school students may “focus” in the arts, which enables them to emphasize a
particular area over their four-year upper school career and bypass the
semester prerequisite. The culmination of the four-year visual art focus
is the completion of a portfolio in the AP Studio Art Portfolio class. In 2016-17, 100 upper school students declared a performing arts focus; 47 had declared a visual arts focus.
Upper school students with a deep interest in the arts have the opportunity to earn an arts letter. Each area of art: drama, instrumental music, vocal music, debate and visual art has its own criteria for this honor. This award recognizes students who have made significant achievement in their chosen area of expression. Typically, this is determined by contributions that go beyond those of the regular classroom experience. See the department chair for the specific criteria.