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 Schools Fine Arts Department provides students with unique outlets for expression. When students engage in the arts it builds confidence, empathy, problem solving and creativity. We will continue to make the arts a priority, so that we may educate the whole child and provide pathways for students of all academic interests. I am proud to support the arts rich heritage here in EBR. I anticipate great things to come as we move forward as one dynamic and multi-faceted unit.

Warren Drake

"Music, Dance, Painting, and Theatre are all keys

that unlock profound human understanding and 



-William Bennett

EBRPSS Department of Fine Arts

1105 Lee Drive,

Building D

Baton Rouge, LA 70808