Art by grade 10 student Malu H.
Research shows that students who engage in the arts at school perform better in math, reading, and writing and have an enhanced social and emotional experience. Waldorf education integrates an array of arts into the curriculum to support academic growth, develop communication and collaboration skills, and give children a well-rounded, joyful educational journey.
As a Waldorf school, we place a strong emphasis on the arts as an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that the arts are not just a nice addition to education but are essential for the overall development of our students.
A recent article from Public School Review highlights the many benefits of the arts for children, both academically and behaviorally. The report states that students who participate in the arts consistently score higher on tests and have better attendance records. Additionally, children involved in the arts have been shown to have improved social skills and better problem-solving abilities.
The Brookings Institution reports that students with access to high-quality arts education are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary school. The study also found that students who participate in the arts are more likely to be employed with greater earning potential.
Our school integrates the arts into every subject, from math and science to language arts and social studies. We believe that the arts provide a unique and powerful way for students to connect with and understand the world around them. The creative process of making art helps students develop critical thinking skills, and the act of performing or displaying art helps them gain confidence and self-expression.
In addition to the academic benefits, the arts also play a critical role in the development of our students’ emotional and social well-being. Through participation in music, drama, and other art forms, students learn how to work together, collaborate, and communicate effectively. We believe that by providing our students with a rich and diverse arts education, we are giving them the tools they need to succeed in all areas of their lives.