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Smiling High School girls with cameras.
  • Arts
  • Overview
Well-rounded thinkers blossom through arts education.
 

GDS believes that the educational development of the whole person requires comprehensive, in-depth exposure to the arts, beginning in pre-K all the way through to grade 12. GDS students' access to art education builds their ability to make sense of the world around them, as well as their creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills—all essential for success in the 21st century. At GDS, students experience art integrated into the curriculum on an everyday basis, both through in-classroom activities and through studio or performing arts.

Lower/Middle School

The arts program is an essential part of the Georgetown Day School Lower/Middle School curriculum, offering students an in-depth study of drama, music, and the visual arts. The program provides a variety of opportunities for students to develop their interests, skills, and appreciation of the arts.
Hallway filled with pictures of birds
Three self-portraits of different students
The word %22Mars%22 with lots of astronomy imagery
Picture looking into a bedroom
Students pose in front of clay heads
Students singing
Students rehearsing in the Black Box
Students learning dance in the multipurpose room.

High School

Known for its strong arts program, the GDS High School offers students extensive courses in both studio and performing arts that allow for general exploration in the world of the arts as well as in-depth study. Each student is required to take two years of arts courses, one year in the performing arts and one in studio arts. Many students take 3 or 4 years of courses, some moving from basic level courses to advanced studies in one discipline, others moving among disciplines. Today, GDS alumni may be found in virtually every art field, from working artists to museum curators and gallery owners, from set designers to film and stage actors and directors.
High School student artwork of the Northern Lights.
Wide shot of student performers on stage and audience
Student performers on stage
Three students playing jazz instruments
Student jazz musicians performing on stage
Students looking thoughtfully at a white sculpture
Artwork of girl sitting on tires
Painting of middle aged woman and young man
Painting of bridge going into a spiral sun
Painting of girl in repose in rainforest
Student pensively looking at four paintings of himself
Painting of two women on a stage looking down

By the Numbers

18

avg years experience for LMS arts teachers

3.5

LMS Student hours per week on the arts

100%

LMS general music teachers have Orff certification

33

avg years experience for HS performing arts teachers

95%

of HS student entrants regularly win Scholastic Art Regional Awards

Important Dates

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High School: Black Box
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High School: Black Box
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High School: Black Box

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