An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN

Visual and Performing Arts

All students are required to take at least three semesters of the arts during their time in the Upper School, choosing among visual arts classes, musical ensembles, or theater courses. Ensembles include Summit Singers, Academy Chorale, Academy Symphony, Honors Sinfonia, and Upper School Jazz Band, all of which produce two performances a year. Approximately half of the Upper School student body performs in the fall Pops Concert, which is a highlight of the year for students, faculty, and families. Visual arts courses emphasize personal expression through drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and video arts. After introduction courses are completed, a variety of intermediate classes are available to students to reinforce and strengthen their skills in a medium of their choice. Students who excel in the Intermediate courses may elect to take Advanced Workshop courses, which focus on portfolio building, class critique and exhibiting on and off campus. Theater courses focus on acting, directing, production, and design. Theater productions include a student-directed one act play series, a fall drama, and a spring musical.


Studio Art