Performing Arts

Visual & Performing Arts Mission

The philosophy of the Visual and Performing Arts Department is to create a community of reflective, thoughtful, risk-taking artists who pursue their own creative goals and self-expression in an environment that nurtures empathy through creative action and emphasizes art as an avenue for social justice. 

We believe that art is subjective. Success in the Visual and Performing Arts is not judged on ability alone but on a student’s choice to invest effort into art. We encourage students to push past their personal limitations in pursuit of creative endeavors. Our department affirms that every student can participate and achieve artistic expression; at the same time, the department charges itself to nurture and counsel those students who demonstrate special inclination in arts for their own sake and the benefit of the world.

Fast Facts

  • Performance field trips to SJ Dance Co, Opera San Jose, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Theaterworks, the San Francisco Orpheum, Broadway San Jose and professional tours
  • Community partnerships with San Jose State University, Hammer Theater, City Lights Theater, St. Joseph’s Basilica, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, YWCA of Silicon Valley, MACLA, Santa Clara University, San Jose Downtown Association and more
  • Active member of the National Honors Society of Dance Arts
  • Active chapter of Tri-M Music Honors Society, chapter #T8522
  • Active member of the International Thespian Society, troupe #8196, a honors society for high school actors, directors, and technicians
  • Participation in dance festivals
  • Music performances include four major concerts, festival participation, and the opportunity to tour both domestically and internationally with ensembles
  • Attends 3 local and state wide theater festivals each year

Co-Curricular Opportunities