Arts programs at Latin inspire creativity, encourage students to pursue their passions and provide a vehicle to develop new skills. From junior kindergarten through twelfth grade, students embark on their own lifelong journey of appreciating the arts, while also creating their own art.
Performing and visual arts are integral to Latin’s curriculum, and students have many extracurricular opportunities to share their art with others through concerts, plays and dance performances. In the lower school, students in grades one through four are able to participate in the children’s choir and beginning in fifth grade, students may join the wind ensemble elective program.
In the middle and upper schools, the instrumental and vocal music ensembles typically perform winter and spring concerts. Students in grades five through twelve can further develop the skills learned in the arts program in after-school activities. For example, middle school students stage a major production each year, and upper school students can belong to a number of acting ensembles and be part of the two major shows annually, in the fall and winter. Every student who auditions for these shows has the opportunity to participate in the production. Other after-school activities include musical groups like the Student-Faculty Chorale, Women’s Chorale and the LaTones, a male singing group. Additional ad hoc vocal or instrumental ensembles might be formed, depending on the interests of the students.
The school has two galleries devoted to exhibiting the work of students and faculty, as well as to showcase artists not affiliated with the school to encourage discussion and expose students to new perspectives. There also are several after-school clubs devoted to the visual arts.