Arts and Media Prep High School

All students within our Phoenix, AZ, school network receive comprehensive performance and visual arts education, including at our arts and media prep high school, Skyline Prep. Our curricula are aligned to the Arizona State Grade Articulated and National Standards, as well as the National Standards for Arts Education.

Our arts and media prep high school courses include disciplines within the performing and visual arts. Students in grades 9-12 experience and create as they progress through dance (ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and lyrical dance), theater, music, multi-medium and dimension art, photography, graphics, and more. Students create, relate, and evaluate from beginning to advanced levels via practical, written, and performance-based assessments.

Art programs are integrated into the daily schedule in the same way athletic programs are to provide students with stimulation around the arts. Years of research shows that art is closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity (Smith, Edutopia,org).

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Art courses offer an opportunity for students to learn about the world in a different way than other academic disciplines. Students will have hands on experience creating art with a variety of media such as drawing, painting, clay, and other 3 - D materials. Through these projects this course will incorporate Art History, learning about other cultures, social topics, as well as a sense of identity and self - expression. Students will learn presentation skills as well as responding to their own and others’ artwork.

Students will design with a variety of media, objects, and creations in 1, 2, and 3D design. Students will be responsible for all aspects of their design, which includes pop and historical creations. Students will create a portfolio to show at the art exhibitions. Advanced students will create their own art and designs to be displayed at Art Walks.

Photography and film courses focus on history, artistic development and technique. Courses guide students to think critically about what they see in film and photography, and to consider the process and decisions made during development. It also helps students place films and photography in a historical context, using them as a springboard for conversations about social issues. Course content includes a variety of genres of films and photography.


In addition to classic drama courses, Stage Crafting as well as Costume and Props Design are offered to students looking for involvement with theater. All students will work collaboratively with the other Performing Arts classes to create costumes, props, and scenery and set pieces culminating in the presentation of the work at the school wide program at the end of the semester.

Our cheerleading program takes pride in teaching lifelong skill sets which include: professionalism, organizational skills, positive body imaging, punctuality, teamwork, leadership skills, dedication, planning, preparation, and performance etiquette skills.

Courses are offered for all ages, ranging from the basic concepts of rhythm and movement to instruction and laboratory experience in methods and techniques involved in producing a dance concert; including publicity, lighting, audio, costuming, audition and performance skills, and dance critique and assessment. Through studying spacial awareness, listening skills, group socialization and structure, the students will strengthen their bodies and learn coordination to ready themselves for the next level in dance. Our goal is to make sure we are building the love of dance in each child, nurturing their natural creativity in a fun and loving atmosphere.

  • Physical: Further refinement of movements, building strength in various dance techniques, and coordinating spatially and rhythmically complex sequences.
  • Social/Affective: Overcoming awkwardness, building trust among peers, working independently and taking risks.
  • Cognitive: Distinguishing, manipulating, synthesizing, analyzing, evaluating and creating dance.
  • Aesthetic: Accurately executing different styles of dance, considering multiple factors leading to aesthetic effect.
  • Metacognitive: Reflecting on their own qualities as dancers in relation to their training and world dance styles.

Choir courses specialize in vocal sounds through song and poetry. Opportunities are given for the students to sing a variety of choral literature styles , a variety of cultures and time periods. The courses are designed to develop vocal techniques and singing ability , and an overall foundation in music .

Currently, the “Water the Bamboo” concept plays a huge role in building our music program. Within the next few years, this will be competitive to any program offered in charter schools.

Our instructors take pride in furthering our student’s educational experience in music and helping student’s to follow their dreams.

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