School of Fine Arts
Students will typically enter the TPCHS Fine Arts School program during their ninth-grade year, to allow the student the maximum opportunity to complete the required coursework and development of artistic interests. Eleventh- and twelfth-grade students with previous fine arts coursework demonstrated interest, and recommendations may petition to enter the program. Students must show (1) a high level of personal desire and commitment to begin the program and (2) the ability to realistically complete the required coursework before graduation to be accepted.
- One semester of any general upper school Fine Arts course (2D, 3D, Photography, Digital Arts, Band, Choir) with a grade of 85 or higher
- Demonstrated desire to enter the program
- Photography – with a focus on techniques for digitally recording completed artwork for portfolio purposes
- 2D Art
- 3D Art
- Completion of graded portfolio
Recommendation to begin the program by faculty
Admission for Transfer Students
- Completed portfolio for review by Fine Arts School faculty
- Provisional acceptance first semester pending faculty review at the end of the semester
- A student attempting to earn the Fine Arts School recognition must maintain an 85 or higher average in all required courses, with a consistent and demonstrated desire to remain in the program. A student whose School semester grade average falls below 85 will be placed on probation for the following semester.
- If the School grade average falls below 85 for two semesters, the student will typically be suspended from the program. Extraordinary circumstances will be taken into consideration.
Students must complete the following to earn the coveted Fine Arts School recognition upon their diploma/transcript:
- Acceptance into the program
- Annually, members must complete 20 hours of shadowing or intern service from grade 10-12.
- Eight or more fine arts credits (including Art History/Art Appreciation) with an 85 or above average
- A final graded portfolio of finished work or performance in an area of concentration demonstrating depth and breadth of individual artistic challenge and style
- Participate in a School appropriate Exploration Trips program.
The following courses are offered for students seeking the Fine Arts School recognition:
- 2D Art (drawing/painting)
- 3D Art (ceramics/wood-turning/metal sculpture)
- Digital Art
- Art History/Art Appreciation Individual Art Studies (maximum of two semesters – one for graduation portfolio development and one for Senior Art Show preparation)
- Dual-credit arts options offered by local colleges
- Advanced band
- Digital Media
Fine Arts School students will receive priority of schedule for desired/necessary courses to complete the program’s requirements. Students also will take advantage of “mini-trips” to visit galleries, attend shows, etc.
Each May, School members will give their presentation to a panel consisting of TPCHS teachers, administrators, and local community leaders.