Amphitheater Public School District is committed to keeping the Fine Arts in our schools. We are very fortunate that our community agrees and supports funding for Fine Arts.
Many studies have shown the social and academic benefits to arts in schools. Critical Links studies point to strong evidence that arts education helps students develop cognitive and social capacities that are important to success in school, life, and work (Deasy, 2002).
We believe students must have many different opportunities to build on those skills. We are especially proud of our Fine Arts Program.
Art and Music are offered at all levels, from kindergarten through high school. Students may choose Band, Show Choir, Drama, Orchestra, AP Music Theory, 3D Art, Filmmaking and much more. Our students consistently place at the top of regional, state and national fine arts competitions.
AT CROSS MIDDLE SCHOOL:
Cross Middle School is pleased to offer a wide variety of Fine Art and Music programs for students. Art and Music classes offered at Cross take place during the curricular day and last the entire school year. Current subjects include:
- Fine/Visual Art 6-8th Grade
- Band 6-8th Grade
- Marching Band 7th-8th Grade
- Jazz Band 6-8th Grade
- Percussion 6-8th Grade
- Guitar 7-8th Grade
- Choir 6-8th Grade
- Orchestra 6-8th Grade
- Musical Theater 7-8th Grade
"Schools with music/art programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music art education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance."
- The National Association for Music Education. "Music Makes the Grade."