Our Drama program is awards winning and often sweeps the categories at competitions like Fullerton Theater Festival, the Coachella Valley Middle School Monologue Festival, and the Desert Theater League Awards. We produce a Middle and an Upper School show each year. In Lower School, we host the Missoula Children's Theater traveling program each year to offer our K-5 students an opportunity to perform on stage in a formal theatrical production. Last year, our US production of A Few Good Men earned us more nominations than any other local school from the Desert Theater League for excellence. Check it out here!
Our Musical Theater program is well known in the Coachella Valley. A collaborative effort between our Drama and Vocal Music faculty, we encourage students to not only develop their performing talents, but the ability to work in a team, learn responsibility for everything from line memorization to keeping track of props and costumes, and much more! Last year, our MS musical production of Into the Woods, Jr. earned us more nominations than any other local school from the Desert Theater League for excellence. Check it out here!
GENERAL AND VOCAL MUSIC
Our Music program begins in Lower School where all students have music instruction twice a week and prepare for a variety of opportunities. Our Middle and Upper School Choral Program is traveling to New York City this year to perform in the renown Carnegie Hall. Our students perform at our own school events such as Veteran's Day Assembly and Graduation, as well as around the Valley at a variety of events. Recently, they were honored guest performers at the Star Dedication Ceremony in Palm Spring for Palm Valley parents, Dr. Tim Jochen and Tim Erwin.
Our Visual Art program also begins in Lower School with weekly Art instructions and skill building lessons. In Middle and Upper School, students can choose to continue to take Art and we offer a variety of advanced courses to further their passion for Art ranging from AP Art History to AP 2-D Studio Art (Photography). Take a look at some more student work from our Art Classes in Mrs. McGrew's Art Blog.
Our Upper School Photography class led by Ms. Clark is combined with an emphasis on 2d design. It consists of an investigation of various forms of expression and techniques using the principles and elements of design. Students develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution in 2-D Design works. They are introduced to new photographers, digital artists, artists, and more sophisticated techniques as points of departure to create work that reflects their spirit and vision. By exploring photographic and digital media with the camera, students develop a body of work that reflects a range of problem-solving and ideation. Take a look at our Upper School student photography on their blog.