Arts programs are an especially appealing aspect of selecting a boarding school, many of our boarding schools excel in arts instruction and practice.


Arts programs vary widely, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and computer graphics), theatre (acting and theatre design), dance (ballet, jazz or modern), creative writing, music (vocal or instrumental) or filmmaking.





Boarding Schools with excellent arts program:


La Lumiere School, IN (1 hour drive to Chicago)

PERFORMING/VISUAL ARTS: 3-D Design, Art, Art History, Drama, Photography, Studio Art, Desktop Publishing

MUSIC: Band,,Choral Music, Music Theory      

Visual Arts

Several graduates go on to top art schools each year, including: Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Parsons the New School for Design, Maryland Institute College of Art

Students routinely enter and win local and regional art shows

All students are required to take one credit in fine arts to groom their creativity

Independent study and portfolio development coursescontact with teachers, the Office of Student Life, advisors, and the Health Center

Performing Arts:

Two annual drama productions

Drama classes offered to all students

Jazz band and choir programs

Individual instrument lessons available



Cotter School, MN (1 hour drive to twin city)

Visual & Performing Arts: Introduction to Art, Computer Art, Advanced Drawing, Printmaking/3d Construction, Painting, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Film & Video, Photography, Music, Jazz Band, Vocal, Choir, Chorus



Hebron School, ME (2-hour drive to Boston)

  Visual Arts: Photography, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Pottery, Advanced Photography, Design, Digital Media, Printmaking, Studio art

  Music: Music Appreciation, Applied Music, Advanced Topics in Music, Instrumental/Vocal Music, Intro to Studio Recording, Music Theory, History of Rock & Roll, Music appreciation, Chorus, Orchestra, Studio recording



Bolles School, FL (1 hour drive to Orlando)

  VISUAL ARTS: Foundations in Studio Art, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, 2D Arts, 3D Arts, Art History

  MUSIC: Symphonic Band, Chorus,

  DANCE: Dance placement is determined by audition with dance faculty

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