The arts hold a vital position in the academic program at Saint Stephen’s. Continual exposure to a full curriculum that encourages an understanding of creative work and development of the skills to pursue performing and visual arts disciplines spans our students’ experience from PK3 through their senior year.
Younger students work with performing and visual arts instructors as part of their regular routine of classes. As our students mature, they complete required courses in the arts and are given opportunities to add to those experiences by selecting elective arts classes. The arts faculty continually reviews the schedule and the curriculum to be sure our students have the strongest program possible. The depth of the Saint Stephen’s arts curriculum is demonstrated in the success our students achieve in higher-level coursework including advanced placement courses and the classes they elect to take at their future colleges.
Full understanding of arts comes as one shares personal works and views the endeavors of others in the community. At Saint Stephen’s students display what they have learned through a wide variety of performances and visual arts exhibits.
Voices, Instruments, Actors – Saint Stephen’s students experience the performing arts through a wide variety of classes and productions. Students, whether they are stepping into performance for the first time or the hundredth time, are encouraged and supported by performing arts teachers who know them well and are professionally trained and educated.
Our youngest falcons begin with regularly scheduled simple instrumental, vocal and movement experiences. A rich World Music Drumming program deepens understanding of rhythms and of coordinated group performance for students from kindergarten through middle school. Instrumental music starts early with Orff-Schulwerk complemented by other early education methodologies, moving to strings for all fourth grade students, band for all fifth graders and selections of vocal, instrumental and performance acting throughout each of the grades.
At school and in the community, you’ll see Saint Stephen’s students performing in plays, festivals, and concerts during every month of the year. Our bands ring in the holidays with the Jingle Bell Jam. Our Fledgling Falcons sing to their Falcon Friend seniors at graduation creating a special memory for those in attendance each year.
At Saint Stephen’s, students receive the instruction that allows them to participate individually or as part of a group in the full range of performing arts.
Color and line, pencil and paper, camera or brush – Saint Stephen’s fosters the skills and the confidence that allow all of our students to express their ideas in visual media. From our Fledgling Falcons to our seniors, visual arts are part of the regular schedule of classes as students explore a wide variety of visual media with teachers who are specialists in their fields.
Saint Stephen’s students exhibit and place in a wide variety of juried art shows, such as the Sarasota Airport Competition, Congressional Art Competition, Gamble Plantation Art Competition, NCECA K-12 National Ceramics Competition Exhibition, Florida Art Education Association K-12 Digital Exhibition, and Southern Teachers Agency Calendar Art Competition. In the spring, the PK-8th Spring Art Show and the Upper School Alexi Tucker Memorial Juried Art Show highlight the students’ achievements and successes in the visual arts program. Our yearbook staff also contributes many of their photos for use on the Saint Stephen’s website and in Saint Stephen’s printed collateral.
Saint Stephen’s provides the skill-building program and the exhibit venues that allow each student to develop the knowledge and self-assurance to pursue the visual arts.