Our guiding principles can be summarized as:
By setting expectations for what is "effective instruction and coaching" and providing frequent feedback to coaches through practice observations, coaches’ instructional practice will improve and student achievement will rise.
Standards-Based and Data-Driven
By setting clear standards, measuring progress through the use of common formative assessments, and frequently reviewing student achievement data, instructional practice will be improved and student achievement will rise.
By providing diverse and equitable programming opportunities for student involvement, students will be more engaged in school, confidence will build and student achievement will rise.
Safe and Secure Environment
By providing an environment that is socially, emotionally, and physically safe/secure, students will be more engaged in school, confidence will build and student achievement will rise.
If parents have full visibility of their child’s performance, and if they have the skill and will to do so, they will reinforce strengths and help address weaknesses and student achievement will rise.
If the community is actively engaged with our Schools, through volunteerism and community partnerships, the students will benefit from the additional resources and student achievement will rise.
By exhibiting efficient and effective use of federal, state, and local resources, the program will maintain community support while delivering upon its mission and student achievement will rise.
SFSD’s Fine and Performing Arts Program serves over 20,000 of the approximate 24000 students each year. All students are involved in the study of fine arts at some point during their K-12 education.
Educational offerings include the following areas: K-12 art, K-8 general music, 6-12 vocal music, 4-12 orchestra, 5-12 band, 9-12 debate, 4-12 drama, and 9-12 oral interpretation. SFSD students are often rewarded for their talents with local, state, and national recognition.
Studying in the arts is built upon developing creative problem-solving skills as well as developing an appreciation of beauty and human expression. More than ever, creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills are required to excel with lifelong challenges and endeavors in modern society. In addition, creativity and expressive skills are a requisite for success in a company with the traditionally tested academic skills. Studying in fine arts also provides learners with ancillary non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity.