Fine Arts Courses
Franklin High provides each student with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the arts. Along the way, passion and talents are unveiled as students are free to express themselves as individuals. The award-winning Fine Arts department offers something of interest for everyone. Courses in these programs of study satisfy the Fine Arts credit. Students may also choose to take three or more Fine Arts courses to satisfy their focus area graduation requirement. Contacts for Fine Arts Faculty are listed below.
Students learn movement elements and skills in performing dance and choreography as a way to create and communicate meaning while making connections between dance and healthful living. Whether learning movement as a means of expression or to navigate the creative process in a more analytical and rigorous way, there is an option for all students in the Dance program of study.
For information, contact Dance Instructor, Crystal Shaffer.
Instrumental Music has many incredible courses to choose from. Students may choose one of the Band classes, including Freshman Band, Percussion, Symphonic, or Wind Ensemble. The Franklin High Marching Band is a high-profile, much awarded, nationally recognized, ensemble that enjoys a reputation for musical excellence. Orchestra, Classical Piano, Music IB or Music Theory AP are options for the musically inclined.
Franklin High has a fun and colorful Theatre department. Students will have opportunities to perform in two plays per year–one musical, as well as host and perform on Open Mic. Stage performance, make-up, lighting, directing, and set design are some of the topics taught. Students may choose to follow a sequential program to satisfy the focus area for graduation, taking a minimum of three and up to four courses.
For information about Theatre Arts, contact Victoria Capps.
The Franklin High Visual Arts courses attract incredibly talented artists every year. Students may choose to pursue a sequential program in Fine Arts as their focus area for graduation. This path may culminate with AP Art and Design, where students prepare a portfolio of work to possibly earn college credit. Courses include Visual Arts I and II, AP Art and Design, and Visual Art IB.
The exceptional choral program has three choirs that perform a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Classical to Pop music. The choirs perform at concerts on and off campus and at competitions, many times receiving superior ratings. Students may choose Chorus: Concert Choir for freshmen, Chorus: Chorale for sophomore through seniors and Chorus: Chamber Choir, the auditioned honors course for sophomores through seniors.
Please contact the Department Chair Rachel Berzina for more information about the Choral Program.