High School

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  • Visual Arts

    Pinecrest Academy’s high school visual arts curriculum offers a variety of opportunities for students to develop their God-given artistic gifts. Inviting others to create manifestations of beauty allows students to engage our world in an open dialogue. Understanding and appreciating past and present art grants students the ability to develop their own visual language. Comprehending their voice in an historical context enables their own expression to flourish and empowers them to evangelize through their art.

    The high school offers introductory and advanced classes in Drawing and Painting, Digital Imaging and Sculpture/Ceramics. For self-motivated students who wish to develop their portfolios, Studio Art classes are offered, providing.more advanced applications of media, concepts and expressions of ideas. Students are encouraged to develop a personal style of expression and choose media appropriate for communication of concepts. College-bound artists foster their skills in three AP Studio Art Classes: Drawing, 2D, and 3D Design Portfolios. All of Pinecrest’s high school students have passed the AP Studio Art Exam with a score of 4 or 5.

    With a strong design foundation, students learn to seek innovative design solutions and artistic forms of expression. Approaching art education with a “design thinking” lens helps spark this inner motivation, self-initiated discovery and experimentation. Encouraging divergent thinking and cross-disciplinary collaboration opens students to contemporary dialogue.

    Inviting others to encounter the rich artistic heritage of the Catholic faith and reflection on one’s own faith journey ignites artistic exploration in the classroom. Sharing these imaginative manifestations with others through local, national and international exhibitions serves to unite and expand the community in an authentically Catholic way. Two art shows are held each year, and our students have also exhibited nationally in the Scholastic Art competition and internationally in the UNESCO Bioethics Art Competition.

    As John Paul II invites artists of the globe to create “new epiphanies of beauty,” students are inspired to engage in the New Evangelization with their life and work.
  • Theatrical Arts

    The Theatrical Arts department works to develop students’ creativity, analytics, discipline and self-confidence. Students are given opportunities to create and appreciate the performing arts through hands-on learning, theory, formal principles and cultural history. They are taught skills that help enhance their talents as performers of drama, music and dance. Every performance is a reflection of the person who created it, so they gain insight into themselves through the process.  Additionally, students interested in the technical aspects of theater and stagecraft have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in this subject area.  All elements of our High School productions are executed by the students. The department offers a diverse set of performance based courses for the High School students: Musical Theater I – 10th-12th, Drama I – 10th-12th, Theatricals Arts I-IV – 10th-12th, and Musical Production – 9th-12th.  These classes meet five days a week. The High School Players present two major productions each year, as well as smaller performances. Past musicals and plays have included productions of Annie Jr., The Rules of Comedy, The Little Mermaid Jr., T'was the Night Before Columbus Day, Seussical Jr., Into the Woods Jr., The Music Man Jr., and excerpts from Beauty and the Beast and Shrek, just to name a few. 
  • Band

    Although a very young program at Pinecrest, the High School Band has already won numerous prestigious awards, and in April 2012, the Symphonic Band earned the honor of playing Carnegie Hall in New York after winning First Place in the New York Heritage Music Festival in 2011, earning straight superior ratings from all adjudicators.

    High School Band students have class every day, with the option of playing a variety of instruments, including flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophones (alto, tenor, baritone), trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Students perform in a school concert each semester, and in addition, private lessons and chamber ensembles are offered on campus through the Ascension Music Academy. Students may also audition or be selected for All State, All District, All Select, and All Archdiocesan Honor Bands. They are encouraged to take private lessons, play in chamber ensembles, audition for honor bands, and perform in festivals to enhance their talents and skills.