The Altamont School embraces a long tradition of valuing the Arts, and the School offers a robust Fine and Performing Arts program. Participation in the Arts is a requirement for graduation, and our program is based on quality instruction in both middle and upper school. In their involvement in the vital humanizing sphere of the arts, Altamont students demonstrate the full engagement and commitment to the exploration in the visual and performing arts.
Through a rich offering of fine arts curriculum we encourage all Altamont students to explore and develop their talents and interests in music, theatre, visual arts, and photography. We offer opportunities for further studies in AP courses, independent study and one-on-instruction. Whether a student is building sets in technical theater, working with clay or printmaking, or using computer skills in digital photography, the Altamont Arts program seeks to find a balance among the students’ busy schedules. Students can study in the broad genres of their choice, or hone in with eight years in one particular discipline.
Each year, students perform in main stage theatrical productions and winter and spring orchestral, jazz band and choral concerts. The fine and performing arts students enter a variety of competitions with adjudication of their work on state and national level. Exhibits and competitions offer students the chance to connect with others on local, state, national, and even international levels, and they instill confidence in students. It is not odd to hear that an Altamont 8th grader won an international art and poetry competition; or that a Senior was invited to display her work in a gallery in Washington, DC, where it was viewed by the President and Congress; or that Altamont students won the majority of State Awards in a juried photography competition.
Setting us apart from other Fine Arts programs is the ability to team teach, and the support and strength gained in complementary programs creative endeavors. We don’t see the Fine Arts as electives, but rather as vital to the core education of each student who uses the skills in an enriched arts curriculum as an integrated tool for learning in all other subjects.