About Our Programs
The Curtain Rises...
Walnut High School of the Arts is a unique Pathways to A Career in the Arts Program under the umbrella of Walnut High School, a public school in the Walnut Valley Unified School District located in Walnut, California. This program provides crucial guidance, artistic mentorship and opportunities for creative expression all designed to assist in developing the skills and artistic growth needed to move into the next career phase, either as a university or art school student or in professional creative, artistic endeavors. We are proud of our nationally recognized Dance Program, our GRAMMY Signature School Music Program, award-winning Dramatic and Visual Arts Program. Our School of the Arts graduates earn their way into many of the most prestigious Universities and Colleges in the nation. Many of them have gone on to achieve successful careers.
The First Step...
The first step is to arrange an audition or interview with one of our Staff members. Our individual courses are open to all students at Walnut High School however entrance to the official School of the Arts Program is based upon student artistic achievement, leadership and commitment.
A Canvas for The Future
Walnut High School of the Arts works closely with outstanding college & university professors, visiting artists, professional performers, composers, conductors and private tutors to build strong ties to many of the leading universities in the nation to best prepare our program graduates for acceptance into their institutions. By combining our SOTA Pathways Program with selected AP and/or IB courses, our program graduates may be able to earn transferable college credit which may provide additional opportunities in college. Often this additional credit can be counted as elective course units thereby allowing for a Double Major. SOTA students may have opportunities to enhance their chances for scholarships as well.
SCHOOL OF THE ARTS REQUIRED CURRICULUM
Numerous performance ensembles include Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Advanced Advanced Jazz Band, Intermediate Jazz Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Blue Thunder Marching Band, Pep Band, Musical Pit Orchestra, various chamber ensembles. Additional course work includes Advanced Placement Music Theory
Numerous performance ensembles include Chamber Singers, Girls Glee, Men's Ensemble, and Mustang Singers. Additional course work includes Advanced Placement Music Theory
Dance Performance opportunities include Dance I, Dance II, Advanced Dance, and the National Award-Winning Dance Team - Opportunities to gain skills in Dance Design and Choreography.
Performance opportunities include the fall play, spring musical production, Thespian Festivals, and class productions. Coursework includes Introduction to Drama, Drama I, Advanced Drama, Stagecraft, Shakespeare: From Page to Stage - Screenwriting, Actor Portfolio building, etc.
Art and Visual Design courses include Fundamentals of Art, Advanced Art, Studio Art, Ceramics, AP Studio Art and AP Art History. Students are provided with an atmosphere to foster their creativity and improve their technical skills. Our program includes oppor- tunities to study abroad, develop skills in Photoshop, AP and Art College Portfolio building, peer and instructor critique, and creative arts technology for the 21st Century.
We are proud to announce that our Music Division is aligning portions of our curriculum with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, THE international music assessment program. Each year all of our students will have the opportunity, (at their option) to receive assessment by an official examiner from the ABRSM London home office. There are 8 levels of musical competency in the areas of performance and theory. There is an optional ABRSM Music Theory Program opportunity as well.
400 N. Pierre Road, Walnut, CA 91789
Tel: 909-594-1333 | Fax: 909-444-3602