…the arts and physical education were considered to be equal in all ways to the core academic subjects. All students are required to take art (drama, music, visual arts) and PE every day. I managed to finagle extra time in the arts sections of the building, where I met a drama teacher, who, with a colleague is writing a text book, an art teacher, the film teacher, and I waved to a dance instructor through a huge window.
The Seattle Academy creates what they call a “Culture of Performance”. From their mission statement:
Central to a Seattle Academy education is the culture of performance. Students are asked to demonstrate over and over–often reaching for professional standards–what they are learning. Students discover the thrill of achievement and the lessons of failure, and they come to understand that the greater the risk, the greater the reward.