Why the Arts Matter in School

Written By: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School

Several years ago, Stanford University published the results of a study demonstrating why the arts matter in school. While many schools are cutting back their arts budget, we are growing our investment in these programs. We are doing so because of the tremendous value the arts have on our school culture. The research shows that students participating in the arts:

Last weekend, 51 lower school students at The First Academy took the stage to perform in The Music Man (pictured above). Our upper school theatre students presented The Odd Couple two weeks ago. It was our first-ever student produced and directed show. We believe these experiences enrich our school culture in remarkable ways.

Let’s celebrate the students who embrace their artistic gifts in the same way we celebrate those who participate in athletics. An exemplary school program pursues excellence in academic, athletics, AND the arts.


Steve D. Whitaker, Ph. D.
Head of School



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