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The Fine Arts at John Carroll play an integral role in the academic and co-curricular school life. Students are enrolled in Fine Arts courses from freshman through senior year, with many opportunities to participate in school performances and productions.

The Arts promote divergent, creative, critical thinking skills while effectively communicating through sensory expression. The Fine Arts is a discipline-based curriculum addressing sequential development of knowledge and skills. The arts provide aesthetic and spiritual dimensions for our students through diverse and substantive offerings in the Visual, Performing and Literary Areas. 

"Our creative writing, yearbook journalism, and journalism courses are very strong and have garnered national recognition."

Aligned with national and state standards for visual arts, our program strives to educate all students in creative thinking, creative production, and the artistic process while developing their understanding and appreciation of the artistic achievements of people from different times, places, and cultures. We have created an environment that supports the implementation of a rich, rigorous visual arts curriculum and encourages a culture of artistic thinking, learning, creative production, and achievement of excellence. Students have the opportunity to pursue a Fine Arts Distinction Diploma when they enter as freshmen by selecting a variety of fine art courses every year during their high school career.  

The Fine Arts program offers a depth and breadth of learning that is far and above what a student could receive in most of the high schools in the area. Our creative writing, yearbook journalism, and journalism courses are very strong and have garnered national recognition. The Fine Arts Distinction Diploma has been very successful and has led many students to art colleges, including Savannah College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Students can earn a fine arts “distinction” on their diplomas by taking four and a half fine arts classes. The department introduced Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Introduction to Architecture courses to reinforce the STEM Academy.

The Fine Arts program offers not only a variety, but a sequence of course work in concentrated areas. All of the fine arts classes have instructors who are competent and passionate about their craft. The School has many extracurricular and club opportunities for our students to further their fine arts exploration. The campus also has in residence the Academy of Performing Arts & Dance. The Fine Arts department presents both fall and spring stage productions, as well as winter and spring concerts. The band marches in numerous area parades and home football games. It also performs at school assemblies, pep rallies, and Open House.