A Jewish Day School serving students in Grades TK-6.
Hands-on art experiences talk to children in their language, and give them an avenue to express themselves in a way that is uniquely personal—and fun.
Study after study has linked arts education to improved problem-solving skills and increased self-confidence. Art helps children to learn and remember, as they absorb naturally through their emotions, their senses, and their experiences. By encouraging creativity through artistic expression, our programs help promote creativity in general, allowing students to internalize the importance of good work habits, craftsmanship, and the responsibility that accompanies the use of equipment and materials—skills that can be translated across all subjects and all media.
Across all grade levels, in both general and Judaic studies, the making of art is an integral part of life at Adat. A multitude of art projects add to the beauty of the celebration of Jewish festivals and the fulfillment of mitzvot, as well as to secular subjects curriculum-wide. In addition, through the study of Art History and Art Heritage, our students explore various art movements, artists, and world cultures, and learn how social, political, economic, and technological events have influenced the development of artistic styles.
Fourth graders are introduced to string instruments with a violin technique class. We address each element of our school mission deliberately: by asking our bodies to learn new and very specific motor skills, we know ourselves better. We serve each other with positive commentary and respectful, careful listening to each other's solo performances. And we improve the world by bringing music to our family and friends. Fifth and sixth graders choose between violin, viola, or cello in String Orchestra, or guitar or hand percussion in Band, and focus on technique, note recognition, rhythm, and other ensemble skills.
A dance specialist instructs students in body movement, folk dancing, and creative rhythm expression, and the entire school performs at our Intergenerational Day.