AHSD25 provides students with an enriching Arts Education starting in Kindergarten and continuing through their 8th grade year. Elementary school students receive instruction in both Art and Music each year. In addition, students have the opportunity to join Band starting in 5th grade. Music for Youth also offers students a chance to study a string instrument starting in Kindergarten. Middle school gives students a wide range of experiences in the Fine Arts. At the middle school level there are 6 disciplines of study in the Creative Arts rotation: Art, Communication Media Arts, Digital Arts & Design, Drama, Music, and STEM. Students experience all 6 disciplines in their 6th grade year and then are given the opportunity to rank these disciplines in 7th and 8th grade (more information on this structure is below).
In June 2016, Illinois adopted the Illinois Arts Learning Standards, which are based on the National Core Arts Standards, to be fully implemented by the 2018-2019 school year. AHSD25 Staff has already begun reviewing curriculum in order to be aligned to these standards in all areas of Fine Arts in the district.
All Kindergarten through 5 students experience music and art classes. Kindergarten students attend one 30 minute music class each week as well as one 45 minute art class. Students in grades 1-5 attend two 30 minute music classes each week as well as one 45 minute art class.
All middle school students experience our Creative Arts programs. Below, the general structure of class offerings is explained for each grade level.
6th Grade: All students will experience all 6 disciplines (Art, Communication Media Arts, Digital Arts & Design, Drama, Music, and STEM) by the end of year. Each hexter lasts about 6 weeks in order for students to experience all creative arts disciplines.
7th Grade: Students will experience 4 of the 6 disciplines for a quarter each. The 7th grade classes are an extension of the 6th grade experience and give students an opportunity to go into more depth in 4 of the 6 disciplines. Students will be given the opportunity to indicate their interests at the end of their 6th grade year. Students are scheduled into 4 classes based on several considerations including class size and student interest. Teachers and Administration do their best to give students as many of their top rankings as possible. However, students may not be scheduled in their top 4 ranked classes depending on a variety of scheduling factors.
8th Grade: Students will experience 4 exploratory courses for a quarter each. In 8th grade, students have the opportunity to take various exploratory courses in each discipline. Teachers design these specialty courses each year based on student interest. Examples might include Movie Mania and Improvisation in the discipline of Drama or Drawing & Painting and Sculpture in the discipline of Art. Students can take up to 2 courses in any one discipline. Students will be given the opportunity to indicate their interests at the end of their 7th grade year. Students are scheduled into 4 exploratory courses based on several considerations including class size and student interest. Teachers and Administration do their best to give students as many of their top rankings as possible. However, students may not be scheduled in their top 4 ranked exploratory courses depending on a variety of scheduling factors.
Students in grades 5-8 also have the opportunity to join band. The band program offers students the chance to participate in a variety of ensembles that perform a wide range of music. Students that are interested in a string instrument can choose to participate in programs offered by Music for Youth.