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Upper School Arts

The visual and performing arts programs offer opportunities for students to try new skills and develop interests and abilities through advanced level courses. Visual arts offerings include ceramics, drawing and painting, film and photography, and graphic design. Performing arts offerings include theater, dance, and vocal and instrumental music. Our expert and enthusiastic teachers encourage creativity, self expression, and skill development in their fields.

Chadwick's graduation requirement in the visual and performing arts combined is one and a half years during grades 9 - 12. The first year must be a full-year course from the UC-accredited list below, not including Art History. Students who do not wish to take another full-year course can obtain the "half year" credit through a semester-long visual arts course, OR through a five-point combination of any of the following activities across the four high school years:

  • Chorus, Ovations, Jubilee Singers, or Orchestra (2 pts per semester or 5 pts for the year)
  • Dance Company (2 pt per trimester) or Choreography (1 pt per trimester) unless this activity is receiving PE credit
  • Stage Crew (2 pts per semester or 5 pts for the year)
  • Participation in either the fall play (2 pts), the winter musical (2 pts) or the Improv group (2 pts per semester or 5 pts for the year)
  • Service as editor-in-chief of Mainsheet, the Yearbook or Soundings (5 pts for the year)

The following full-year courses are accredited in the University of California's Arts category: Studio Art 1, 2, 3 & AP, Ceramics 1, 2, 3 & AP, Photography or Media Arts 1, 2, 3 & 4, Theater 1, 2 & 3, Stagecraft, AP Music Theory, Advanced Music Composition, Concert Choir, and AP Art History.

Visual Arts

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Studio Art
Studio Art 1
Studio Art 2A, 2B
Studio Art 3A, 3B (Honors or Regular)
Studio Art 4A, 4B (Honors or Regular)
AP Studio Art 2-D Design

Ceramics 1
Ceramics 2A, 2B
Ceramics 3A, 3B (Honors or Regular)
Ceramics 4A, 4B (Honors or Regular)
AP Studio Art 3-D Design

Photography 1
Photography 2A, 2B
Photography 3A, 3B (Honors or Regular)
Photography 4A, 4B (Honors or Regular)

Performing Arts

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Theater 1
Theater 2
Theater 3
Stage Crew
Fall Play
Winter Musical
Improvisational Theater

Upper School Chorus
Concert Choir
Chamber Music
Upper School Orchestra
Music Composition and Music History
AP Music Theory
Jubilee Singers

Chadwick Dance Company
Upper School Dance
Choreography Class

Nigel Williams
Performing Arts Dept. Chair
(310) 377-1543, ext. 4187

Annie Webster
Visual Arts Dept. Chair
(310) 377-1543, ext. 4124

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Chadwick School is a private, K-12 co-educational school dedicated to developing global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead. Located on a 45-acre hilltop on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula, we aim to bring out the best in our students through experiential learning, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, an outstanding athletics program, highly accredited outdoor education experiences and an award-winning visual and performing arts program. We are pleased that more than 800 students from over 45 Southern California communities have chosen to call Chadwick "home."

Chadwick School / 26800 South Academy Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274 / 310-377-1543
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