The visual arts, performing arts, and music are all an essential part of the Middle School experience at Highland School. Each provide our students with opportunities to learn more about themselves while building confidence and competence.
In Middle School, visual arts is a chance to explore The goal of the Visual Arts in Highland's Middle School is to work with each student to develop sharp, creative skills which are refined over the course of their development at Highland School. To achieve this, our Middle School students are exposed to all types of artistic mediums from the basic elements of art, drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics.
Students explore various artists throughout history to gain insight into their artwork. We provide an environment that is both challenging and encouraging, committed to the philosophy that every child has the ability to succeed.
A cornerstone of a Highland education is to offer programs that develop the special talents in every student. Students in grades five and six participate in grade level plays each year. Also, students in grades five through eight can audition to participate in the Middle School play.
More complex class plays in fifth and sixth grades A cornerstone of Highland education is to offer programs to develop the special talents in every student. As an extension of this philosophy, students in grades five and six participate in grade level plays each year. Students in grades five through eight can audition to participate in the Middle School play, which is held in The Highland Center for the Arts.
Every spring, students have the opportunity to participate in a competitive audition process and spend six weeks preparing for performances for their peers, families, and the Warrenton community. With performances in The Rice Theater located in the Highland Center for the Arts, some recent shows include Alice in Wonderland (Martens), The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan) and If The Shoe Fits (Woodford).
Music programs in the Middle School The Middle School music program at Highland seeks to mine and develop the enormous musical potential of children this age and to sharpen their singing, playing, and listening skills with age appropriate songs, instrumental pieces, games, and listening activities. The fifth and sixth grades are the culmination of Highland’s unique SCORE curriculum which starts in the third grade.
Developed and led by Middle School music teacher John Krumich, the SCORE program stands for Strings, Choral, Orff, and Recorder Ensemble. All fifth and sixth graders sing in a chorus and also have the choice of learning to play string instruments in our elective strings program, or recorders and Orff instruments in a general music class. For concerts, all these elements come together in arrangements that sound almost symphonic. Our seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to develop their musical skills further in electives offered in either chorus or strings.