Along with our strong focus on academics, Performing Arts is a central theme within the context of our school’s curricular priorities. Beginning in the primary grades, students have the opportunity to explore art forms from a selected group of offerings, including vocal music, dance, theater, and instrumental music. In grades four and five, students specialize in a particular area of the previously mentioned art forms as teachers strive to shape and mold quality artists. Students in grades 4 & 5 attend ensemble classes after school for four days a week to receive additional assistance in their performing arts specialty area. We host two Performing Arts weeks and multiple performances during the course of the school year, showcasing our students’ immense talent and progress.
Visual Arts and Technology are also taught at Cicely L. Tyson Elementary across grade levels. Students often combine their interests and abilities in visual and performing arts to create exciting culminating class projects, stage productions, and quality technology presentations. We believe that immersion in the arts is an integral part of the school’s basic curriculum and children’s development, and greatly contributes to our students’ mastery of the core curriculum content, knowledge, skills, and standards.
Cicely L. Tyson Elementary School was awarded a grant to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into the school day in an effort to reinforce/emphasize healthy eating habits within the school community. Additionally, we are involved in multiple programs centering on environmental consciousness, such as the school-wide recycling program and Environmental Club.