Academics

Arts at IDS

Art

The arts are essential to early learning as they empower children to communicate their thoughts, their feelings and perceptions in a dynamic language that finds unique expression through each child. They cultivate imagination, encourage mental plasticity, and enrich a child’s understanding both of diverse others and of the self. Through their work in Art over their years at IDS, children develop the creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills they can apply across the curriculum.

Kindergarten through fifth graders visit the art studio for forty minutes twice weekly. This allows for unhurried time to explore sensory and kinesthetic properties of materials and to develop skills in two- and three-dimensional representation. A spiral curriculum that revisits and builds upon skills learned previously, ensures continuity in skill development. Students study art history and continue to experiment with various mediums.
Students in Sixth through Eighth Grades meet in the studio twice a week for fifty minutes for one semester. They continue along the trajectory of the spiral curriculum established at the lower levels, now attempting projects of greater ambition and complexity, including work on the pottery wheel. Many art lessons are still driven by the curriculum in other disciplines.

Trips to local museums augment the art history component of their coursework.

Music

    • Winter Concert

      Winter Concert

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      Music-Woodwinds-Trio

Children in Beginners and Pre-Kindergarten work with a music specialist once a week as part of the regular curriculum. Kindergarten through second grade students meet with the music teacher twice weekly. Students sing, play rhythm instruments, and move to music, while learning to match pitch and develop rhythm skills. Students also learn about a variety of composers and the intruments of the orchestra. Many of the early Childhood class plays are musicals and studnets work on the music for their plays duirng music classes.

Third grade students learn to play the recorder and read music in their music class and participate in a Grade 3/4/5 Chorus. All Fourth and Fifth Graders participate in both the 3/4/5 Chorus and in band.

Sixth through eighth grader students participate in a Middle School Band and a Middle School Chorus. They also have an opportunity to join a number of music electives such as Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings.

Many MS students also participate in the Southern Regional Music Festival.

Theatre Arts

"The world is our stage" is more than an expression at IDS. Each year, beginning in Kindergarten, all students are involved in acting and producing age-appropriate dramatic productions. We act, we sing, we dance, we design and build sets, and no matter how small or large the role, students are engaged in working together to bring the theater to life.

Students in kindergarten through grade five present a play to the entire community. Often the theme of each classroom production is woven into the classroom’s academic curriculum. The class play is certainly one of the highlights of each child’s year!

All Middle School Students take semester of Theatre Arts each year. The sixth grade students study puppetry. They study the history of puppetry and write scripts, design and build the puppets, create scenery, and present a puppet production. The Seventh Grade students study public speaking skills. The focus of the class is on non-verbal communication, verbal expression and stage presence. The students also create a monologue about their passions and present them to an audience. The Eighth Grade studies specific scenes through a program that integrates acting, creative writing and text analysis. Student use script reading and group discussion to examine the plot, characters and language of a play. At the end of the course, the eighth graders work on scenes. They analyze and direct their own scenes that are presented to an audience. To supplement their weekly classes with direct experience, students can participate in a fall play and/or a spring Broadway-style musical production, involving up to fifty cast and crew members. The Tech Club offers experience and opportunities in all aspects of technical theatre.
    • 2nd grade play

      2nd grade play

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