The Arts at Woodward

At Woodward, education in the arts is an essential component of the core curriculum. Middle School students are in the Art Studio and in Chorus, three periods every week. In the Upper School, there is a minimum graduation requirement of two credits in either visual arts or music. Many students choose to take classes beyond the requirement, as electives. Theater and music lessons are available after school. 

Studies suggest that education in the visual and performing arts has a positive effect on the thinking and academic performance of students. Here at Woodward, we acknowledge those benefits and promote the stand alone value of the arts as part of a well rounded, classical curriculum. Performing, viewing, or otherwise experiencing art, music, theater, dance, and all manner of creative expression can have a profound impact upon the human mind and spirit. We believe that our students not only benefit from rigorous academic training, but also from creative activities and reflections. This exposure brings them to higher levels of awareness of self, others and the world around them.

For Art establishes the basic human truth, which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
— John F. Kennedy, Jr. in a speech honoring Robert Frost at Amherst College in October, 1963.