A student's capacity for meaningful creativity and expression is an essential component of arts education at Hillside.
Each student completes one term of art per year, and also has the opportunity to sign up for the Art Lab during a flexible time, at any point during the school year. Hillside art teacher Patti Sims explains, "Art is a wonderful place to discover otherwise hidden skills and talents, and to organically weave in life skills, such as organization and planning, patience, coordination, perseverance, confidence-building, risk-taking and more." It is important to her that all students have a positive experience in art, one which exposes them to many mediums. She hopes to introduce to them the many avenues for visual arts: career pursuits, personal enjoyment and appreciation. Each grade's art curriculum is centered on a unique theme that builds skills, while it also emphasizes exploration of a variety of mediums.
All students are required to develop their musical knowledge and appreciation through a trimester of music each year. The curriculum ranges from projects on great composers to the development of musical compositions using programs such as Garage Band. Student also have the opportunity to try various intstruments and can further pursue their interest in music through individual music/vocal lessons, pep-band, drama, and choir.
Participation in the Hillside School Spring Drama Production enables students to learn and practice acting, singing and stage production. Check this page in the spring for more information about the 2013 Spring Play.