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Visual and Performing Arts

The Saint Joseph High School Visual and Performing Arts provides a unique academic experience for students. Students can enroll in stimulating and challenging Arts courses including Art Studio Classes, Chorus, Color Guard, Dance, Drama, Hand Bells, Percussion, and Steel Drums.
 
In Performing Arts, students are encouraged to find their voices, shine their light, create their vision, and share their stories . Over the last thirteen years, the Arts program has grown to support students' experience and learning.
 
We've converted the former gym/cafeteria space into an amazing performance venue by removing the athletic equipment, adding a lighting grid and instruments, replacing the floor, enclosing the space with theatrical curtains, and walling off the original inadequate stage to create a tech booth.   
The result is a 60’ x 74’ black box which allows for any theatre configuration (traditional, thrust, in-the-round, and experimental) and creates a blank canvas for Saint Joseph students to explore the relationship between performer and audience.
 
Every SJHS student is required to study a single artistic discipline for two semesters. Developing a curriculum based on the California state standards, the Arts faculty introduces students to a variety of disciplines. As a single gender school of 650 young women, the arts coursework allows the girls to explore roles and jobs traditionally reserved for men. The result is young women prepared to take on any role in the creation of performance.