Performing and Fine Arts
Herrera seventh and eighth grade students serve as academic and artistic role models for their fellow students in prekindergarten through grade six. They have nine elective art/PE courses to choose from (visual art, digital art, chorale music, instrumental music, two dance courses, theatre/performance, general music, and physical education) and engage in rigorous academic subjects.
Throughout all grade levels, students are engaged in integrated arts and academics; however, the full integration of the arts and academics occurs in grades seven and eight. A few examples of arts in the early grades include:
- Visual art, instrumental music (piano and mallets) are introduced as early as kindergarten
- Digital art is introduced in kindergarten and continues throughout the grade levels
- Instrumental music is introduced in grade thrStudents participate and/or view student performances monthly
- Culturally rich dance, instrumental and vocal music, as well as digital and visual art are presented throughout the grade levels
- Arts activities are student-centered
The Arts Educational Partnership indicates that arts in education provide the following benefits for students:
- Students feel successful
- Students realize they can be agents of their own change
- Improved behavior and attendance
- Improved test scores
As defined by the Arts Education Partnership, arts have various benefits for students:
- Drama: Helps with understanding social relationships, complex issues and emotions; improves concentrated thought and story comprehension.
- Music: Improves math achievement and proficiency, reading and cognitive development; boosts SAT verbal scores and skills for second language learners.
- Dance: Helps with creative thinking, originality, elaboration and flexibility; improves expressive skills, social tolerance, self-confidence and persistence.
- Visual Arts: Improve content and organization for writing, promote sophisticated reading skills and interpretation of text, reasoning about scientific images and reading readiness.
- Multi-arts (combination of art forms) Help with reading, verbal and math skills; improves the ability to collaborate and higher- order thinking skills.