The arts at Girls Preparatory School are not limited to studio spaces and stage performances—they are integrated into nearly every facet of life. At GPS, arts education is an essential part of the whole curriculum, with a wide range of opportunities for girls to explore artistic expression and to develop critical thinking skills that are important in academics, in life.
In 2012, the department received the Southern Regional College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. GPS’s Middle School interdisciplinary program, Interdisciplinary Investigations, was cited as “a testament to the kind of positive impact that high expectations for all students can have on their learning.” The Fine Arts approach, however, is interdisciplinary even into the Upper School, with a depth and breadth to the curriculum.
With more than 20 classes offered for girls grades 6-12, GPS has shaped a curriculum of sequential coursework and performance opportunities in drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, dance, theatre, instrumental music, and vocal music.
“We are not an enrichment program—our work and our art are just as important as English and math because our areas bring light and understanding to the other disciplines. Not every girl is going to learn the same. Arts give us a platform to reach each girl and help her develop her voice—an essential part of building self confidence.” —Meg Brock, Fine & Performing Arts Department Chair