Building an appreciation for the arts begins early at Independence. General music instruction starts in preschool, inspiring young students to participate in the instrumental and choral programs that are offered from 1st-8th grades. Art class is also part of the curriculum at every grade with students exploring a wide variety of fine art methods, including ceramics. Drama club and Shakespeare scene studies in Middle School teach stage presence and dramatic expression. Field trips to concerts, plays and other cultural venues begin in Early Childhood and continue throughout Middle School, providing an enriching exposure to the arts for students.
Independence offered so many creative outlets, including the strings program, the annual talent show, and seasonal concerts, during my time there. The support and encouragement that I received from teachers and students alike helped shape me into the musician and person I am today.
Katie Jacoby '04