Our fine arts department has a storied past, and the future looks even brighter. Our students have consistently excelled at the high school level having been prepared through their performance experiences at Sunrise. We currently offer art, dance, dance performance, drama, theatre performance, concert band, guitar, strings and various levels of choral groups.
PVSchools offers comprehensive fine arts programming for all students in kindergarten through grade 12. All fine arts courses are taught by highly qualified, properly certified instructors who are passionate about the arts.
Elementary students receive visual art and general music instruction on a regular schedule. In fourth grade, students may elect to add band, chorus, or string orchestra to their schedule.
Middle and high schools offer a broad spectrum of visual and performing arts classes.
Interested in a learning experience that includes painting, drawing, and ceramics?
Looking for a learning experience that involves music, choir, theater, and dance?
Fine Arts Instruction is augmented by district-level enrichment opportunities, such as art shows, concerts, exhibitions, recitals, district honor bands, honor orchestras and honor choirs, as well as an all-district arts festival. We are also a Kennedy Center Partner and have relationships with many nonprofit arts organizations, including the Phoenix Boys Choir, Musical Instrument Museum and Phoenix Art Museum.
Our students receive national, state and local recognition for their artwork and performances. Our fine arts faculty represents the best of the profession and remains focused on providing all students the opportunities and support they need for success in the arts, and in life.
We believe that all students must have a rich, engaging and inspirational experience in the arts. Arts experiences, combined with rigorous core academics, provide our students with the skill sets needed to be successful in college or careers. We ensure that elementary students have equal access to the arts and that their arts experiences include attendance at live performances and touring exhibitions and museums. Secondary students pursue art-making in deeper, more meaningful ways.
We believe arts instruction must be a model of best practices for instructional delivery and that all arts faculty will hold themselves and their students to the highest levels of academic conduct. Many members of our fine arts faculty are Nationally Board Certified, hold advanced degrees, engage in continuous professional development, and actively practice their art form through performances in community bands and choirs, or show their art work at local art galleries and exhibitions.
We believe that the arts define us as people, as a community, and as a nation, and that the arts are for everyone. We contribute to the workforce of the future by preparing students who graduate with a well-rounded, comprehensive education that allows them to think critically, communicate effectively, and contribute to society in a positive, innovative manner.
Each year, every school produces concerts, art shows, and other performances for its own school community. To find a concert, drama production or a dance performance visit the Fine Arts calendar.
District-level events augment the work done at each school site. These include a Purchase Award program for visual arts as well as a larger Fine Arts Festival in the spring. The community has an opportunity each year to see the high quality of instructors we have on staff by viewing their work at the annual Faculty Art Show.
Arizona Department of Education Fine Arts Standards
View the General Music Academic Standards in the Arts PDF
Performing Ensembles Standards
View the Performing Ensembles Academic Standards in the Arts PDF
Harmonizing Instruments Standards
View the Harmonizing Instruments Academic Standards in the Arts PDF
Music Theory and Composition (High School)
View the Music Theory and Composition Academic Standards in the Arts PDF
Music Technology (High School)
View the Music Technology Academic Standards in the Arts PDF
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Publishes information about learning opportunities for youth.
ASU Herberger Institute
Offers programs for children and youth.
Musical Instrument Museum
Located within district boundaries, for visits and special programs.
Phoenix Art Museum
Offers programs of special interest to youth.
Phoenix Center for the Arts
Connects children to visual arts opportunities.
PVSchools high school students who excel in the arts have the opportunity to earn a state seal of proficiency on their diploma.