In recent years, Arts education in many school districts has been cut; the result of tight budgets, and classroom curriculums focused on achieving high standardized tests results. At Holy Family Academy, we believe arts education is essential, and contributes to academic achievement and social and emotional development. Performing arts are a critical medium through which to build leadership, self-esteem, discipline and above all a life-long appreciation for the arts. In addition, we believe that exposure to the arts helps develop creativity that leads to innovation.
Recognizing the need to provide more exposure to the performing arts in our middle school curriculum, in 2007 we entered into a unique agreement with nearby Harper College. This agreement provides for Holy Family Middle School students the opportunity to use Harper’s Performing Arts facilities. Directed by Harper’s adjunct Drama instructors, our middle school students participate in two modules per year in a performing arts production. During the college’s winter and spring breaks, HFCA students in grades 6, 7 and 8 participate in a wide range of artistic expression including improvisation, dramatic reading, creative movement and performing original works created by the students.
Unlike other schools’ performing arts programs that are often extra-curricular, all HFCA middle school students participate in performing arts, and all students feel like they have contributed to the production. Productions are performed for our lower grade students and parents in Harper’s Performing Arts Theatre.