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Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)

James Whitcomb Riley School 43|Grades Pre-K-5|Zones 1 & 2

At IPS, our Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) schools enable students to explore a robust offering of related arts classes, including general music, instrumental music, art, dance, physical education, and theater. Students have the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of ways with the goal to promote the development of critical thinking skills through cross-disciplinary and integrated academic experiences.

Curriculum focus:

  • Talent development in the arts

What to expect:

  • Students will have access to courses in general music, visual art, dance, theater, band, orchestra, and digital media.
  • Lessons are developed through the lens of integrated experiences that are student-centered and connect academic standards to creative expression.
  • Students are eligible to participate in annual productions (plays/musicals).

An In-Depth Look: Visual and Performing Arts

The VPA learning model is designed to foster and develop the talents of students in the arts as well as enhance the general education curriculum through arts integration in reading, social studies, math, and science, to name a few. Educators from a variety of disciplines will plan out experiences where students master academic standards through the integration of core subjects and the arts. Arts are not a supplement to the curriculum, but rather work together with core studies to strengthen one another. 

Note: Through the Rebuilding Stronger plan, James Whitcomb Riley School 43 will start VPA programming for Grades Pre-K–5 in the 2024-25 school year. 

Edison School of the Arts School 47|Grades K-8|Zones 3 & 4

At Edison, the VPA educational model seamlessly incorporates arts into the curriculum, enhancing understanding and promoting overall student development. Integrating all genres of the arts, including visual arts, music, theatre, and dance, enriches academics while boosting self-esteem.

Curriculum Focus:

  • Student Engagement and Understanding
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

What to Expect:

  • Students will learn through all genres of the arts.
  • Lessons are written for student engagement.
  • Nine arts teachers offer a multitude of classes in Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre, Piano, Instrumental Music, Vocals, Graphic Arts, and much more.

An In-Depth Look: Visual and Performing Arts

Edison’s VPA educational model sparks academic excitement through Arts Integration, a creative teaching approach that seamlessly weaves the arts into the core curriculum. This dynamic method not only enhances academic understanding, but it also fosters the growth and well-being of students in all aspects of their lives. Integrating visual arts, music, drama, and dance into subjects like math, science, language arts, and history, creates an immersive learning environment that appeals to all learning styles. This environment enriches a student’s academic experience and nurtures their self-esteem.