The Fine Arts Department offers Fine Arts and Performing Arts courses designed to develop the skills necessary for appreciation of and participation in the creative process embracing music, theatre, dance,
and visual arts. Students are required to take two semesters of Fine Arts electives to fulfill graduation requirements. All courses are sequential in nature. Some are presented during 8th period, which are outside the regular school hours.
8th period Performing Arts classes are taken in addition to, not in lieu of, a student’s six classes during the regular school day. Students enrolled in an 8th period performing arts class will not be allowed to drop a course that meets during the regular school day.
PLEASE NOTE: University of California and California State University require students to complete the A/B sequence (two semesters) of one visual or performing arts discipline. The two semesters need not be taken in the same academic year. SI has a separate requirement the ONE semester of Fine Arts is taken during the 8am-3pm school day (it can overlap with the UC/CSU requirement). Please see your counselor if you have any questions about this requirement, and to help you plan your classes accordingly.
The Fine Arts Department additionally offers Performing Arts Electives which fulfill the UC Fine Arts requirements (unless noted otherwise below):
Chamber Singers A, B, C; Dance Workshop C (9703), Drama 1C (9710, Jazz Band C (9813),
Jazz Combo C (9817), Mixed Chorus A, B, C*, Orchestra A, B, C, 9853), or Pep Band A, B, C
*This “C” course is not UC approved but this course will appear on a student’s transcript.
These are courses that occur outside of the 8:20-2:30 pm school day and may include after school, evening, and/or weekend rehearsals. These courses may involve assignments outside of class time, but do not fulfill the SI Graduation Requirement. However, these courses DO fulfill the UC/CSU entrance requirements for Visual and Performing Arts (unless otherwise noted above). The first semester taken students are enrolled in “A”, the second semester in “B”, and for every subsequent semester “C”. All the courses appear on the student’s transcript, but only the A&B courses are factored into a student’s SI GPA. For some subjects only the “C” version of the course is currently available.
Students should not list Performing Arts Electives on their scheduling forms. Auditions are required for each of these courses and the instructors will submit roster during the first few weeks of each semester.