We view arts education as an is integral part of developing the whole child. And to that end, SCVi strives to provide high quality arts education program for grades TK through 12 that not only stands alone as a core subject, also incorporates the project-based learning mechanism applicable to all subjects. Whether through dance, music, theatre, media, or visual methods, the arts are often viewed as the thread connecting multiple subject areas and are an invaluable part of the PBL process.
We believe that participation in the arts facilitates intercultural awareness and develops an open-minded approach to learning and valuing different cultures. Coursework in the arts is naturally collaborative, making arts education the ideal vehicle for helping young people become true 21st century learners. The arts cannot be learned through occasional or random exposure any more than mastery of math, language, or science concepts can occur without a strong foundation that builds and grows with a child’s learning.
Each year, the learners at SCVi share their love of the arts with our community through our school’s annual Open House, which takes the form of artistic interaction and expression that has evolved over the years from the “Kids Creating Art Festival” to the the “Expresstival” held each year in the late spring. SCVi learners have been showcased in Santa Clarita’s local galleries and have been honored with awards for their skill and ability in the arts. Our IB Theatre class recently enjoyed a field studies trip to London, where they participated in advanced level workshops and attended live theatre performances almost daily.
“The arts enhance the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities, are, in fact, the driving forces behind all other learning.” — Eric Jensen, Arts with the Brain in Mind