An education in the arts (theatre, music, dance, and visual art) provides students with skills, knowledge, and understanding of the arts as powerful tools for communicating ideas and messages, solving problems, and reflecting our history and culture. An arts education builds the foundation for critical and abstract thinking, reasoning, analysis, interpretation and cognitive demonstration. These higher-order thinking skills are essential for success in college, career, and beyond. Instruction that is developmentally appropriate begins with a sequential curriculum based on a scope and sequence for arts learning.
The CPS Arts Education Plan, approved by the Chicago Board of Education in November of 2012, sets a standard expectation for quality arts instruction across the district, one that is equitable and accessible for all. The Plan expands high school graduation requirements in the Fine Arts. The new policy s ll requires 2 Fine Arts credits, but allows these 2 credits to be earned in 4 Fine Arts disciplines: Visual Art/ Drafting, Music, Dance and Theatre/Drama. Students take one credit in one art form and a second credit in a different art form.