Why Fine Arts?
The arts reach students not normally reached, in ways and methods not normally used. (This leads to better student attendance and lower dropout rates.)
It changes the learning environment to one of discovery. (This often re-ignites the love of learning in students tired of just being fed facts.)
Students connect with each other better. (This often results in fewer fights, greater understanding of diversity, and greater peer support.)
The arts provide challenges to students of all levels. (Each student can find his/her own level from basic to gifted.)
Students learn to become sustained, self-directed learners. (The student does not just become an outlet for stored facts from direct instruction, but seeks to extend instruction to higher levels of proficiency.)
The study of the fine arts positively impacts the learning of students of lower socioeconomic status as much or more than those of a higher socioeconomic status. (Twenty-one percent of students of low socioeconomic status who had studied music scored higher in math versus just eleven percent of those who had not. By the senior year, these figures grew to 33 percent and 16 percent, respectively, suggesting a cumulative value to music education.)
A Message from our Superintendent
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is home to some of the most innovative and extraordinary students and staff in the country. With focuses on visual arts, music, dance and drama, the fine arts program plays a pivotal role in the development of students' creativity and passion. The arts teach students how to embrace and perceive the world around them while creating lasting relationships. These contemporary programs engage students in inventive, project-based learning, and allow for self-expression, motivation, recognition and a sense of accomplishment. The arts are essential to educating the whole child. EBRPSS families are so fortunate to have these exemplary programs and teachers right at their fingertips. I encourage you to take part in the many opportunities fine arts have to offer our students and the entire community as we watch our students develop and flourish in EBR Schools.
"Music, Dance, Painting, and Theatre are all keys
that unlock profound human understanding and