Visual & Performing Arts

de Toledo High School recognizes the central role of the arts in a well-rounded general and Jewish education program. As a pluralistic school, we embrace the many lenses through which we may encounter, learn about, and create broad Jewish knowledge and experience. In addition to providing students the opportunity to experience new ideas as well as learn and deepen their skills in media and techniques, our Visual and Performing Arts Department advances a deeper sense of Jewish cultural literacy. By exposing students to our folk arts traditions, as well as the work of contemporary artists in all media and disciplines, we challenge students to consider Jewish themes, influences, and text. As we introduce our students to Jewish arts and artists, we are mindful not to isolate ourselves from “world art” but rather to place our experience within a historical and global context. We are one people among many peoples— all with the human drive to create. Through this process, students can achieve a foundational knowledge that inspires them with a sense of cultural ownership and self-assurance, empowering them to be full participants in our cultural life and history.

Throughout their four years at de Toledo High School, students experience the arts as an integral part of their school life.  The arts invigorate the general academic curriculum.  Arts faculty collaborate with their colleagues to develop integrated, experiential projects that enhance and deepen our students’ day-to-day-learning.

Ninth Grade Courses

Film & Video Production
Instrumental Music
Israeli Dance
Media Arts

Modern Dance
Theatre and Song
Visual Arts

The Arts Rotation is a unique initiative at de Toledo High School, designed to provide our youngest students with an introduction to the diversity of the Jewish tradition in the arts. The goals of this program are historical, cultural, and textual. We explore the lived life of the Jewish people through time, space, and spirit.  Students rotate through distinct Jewish arts and culture classes, fulfilling their ninth grade Jewish Civilization (J-Civ) requirement. This exposure also enables students to make more informed choices for their year-long arts electives in subsequent grades.

Tenth to Twelfth Grade Art Courses

Advanced Israeli Dance
Advanced Jazz Ensemble Honors
Advanced Photography
AP Studio Art: Design
AP Studio Art: Drawing
Art and Artists 2D
Art and Artists 3D
Film Studies 1, 2
Graphic Design
Instrumental Ensemble: House Band
Israeli Dance 1, 2
Jazz Ensemble
Media Arts 1, 2
Modern Dance
Musical Theatre & Drama Production

Photography 1,2
Songwriting & Technology
Video Production 1,2
Vocal Ensemble