The Holy Names High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) provides a broad knowledge of the arts, and empowers students to understand and create artistic expression. Our program offers a hands-on learning approach to unlock the creative potential of our students while encouraging the curiosity, growth and development of the artistic spirit.
HNHS firmly believes that art courses benefit all students because the process of creating and critiquing art engages students in higher order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and flexible, imaginative thinking. The three art disciplines offered: Music, Drama, and Visual Arts, cover the California State Board of Education Arts Standards for artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications.
Graduation requirement: two years of visual and performing arts.
All courses except Art and Music Internship are certified as meeting the requirements for admission to the University of California and California State University systems.