Upper School graduation requirements include 1 1/2 credits in the Fine Arts, distributed between both the visual and performing arts. There are several Upper School instrumental groups; the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensembles. Students have an opportunity to study Guitar at a high level in courses such as Beginning, Intermediate and Advance Guitar ensembles. In addition, String Orchestra is core ensemble to our Performing Arts offerings. Students with a driving rhythm for percussion are able to flourish in one of our many Percussion Ensembles. We offer students several jazz and ensemble percussion groups.
In vocal music Saint Andrew's has The All Americans, Chorale and the Aca Scots. Upper School dramatic productions include plays, musicals and a one act play series. Music and drama appreciation courses are also offered for non-performers. Saint Andrew's recognizes that many performing arts rely on collaboration. Cooperation and teamwork, so students are allowed amply studio and theater rehearsal time. The School is blessed to have Andrews Hall - The Center for Performing Arts as its home base for all student performances.
In the Visual Arts, Upper School students begin their study with a course titled Foundations in Art. From there they may select studio courses that include Drawing, Design, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Darkroom, technology based courses in graphic design, and higher level courses in Drawing Honors, Portfolio Honors, Advanced Placement Studio Art, and IB Art. Students are also offered Advanced Placement Art History. Qualified students may elect to further explore the visual arts through independent study. The Domenico Mazzone Visual Arts Building houses an art history classroom with resources that consist of an extensive slide collection, art reproductions, books, and periodicals. Other facilities include, three fully equipped classroom studios designated for specific areas of study, an eight-station darkroom, and a spacious gallery to showcase student art. Space is also allocated for future development of a fully equipped graphic arts technology studio.