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Atascadero USD |  BP  6142.6  Instruction

Visual And Performing Arts Education   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Atascadero USD has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Board of Trustees recognizes that by studying visual and performing arts, students learn to develop initiative, discipline, perceptual abilities and critical and creative thinking skills that extend to all areas of life. The Board believes that a comprehensive arts education program should be an integral part of the basic education offered to all students in all grades. The Board encourages all teachers to use the arts to facilitate learning in the subjects they teach.

The district's comprehensive arts education program shall include a written, sequential curriculum in music, theater and the visual arts. Students shall have the opportunity to continually improve artistic skills, create and/or perform original works, acquire an appreciation of arts from many eras and cultures and develop an intellectual basis for making aesthetic judgments.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency)

In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall encourage the integration of community arts resources into the school program. Students shall have opportunities to attend musical and theatrical performances, observe the work of accomplished artists and work directly with visiting artists.

The Board supports a collaboration with community arts agencies through the Local Arts Education Partnership Program and is committed to providing the necessary time, staff and financial resources in order to fulfill the district's part in this school-community arts agency partnership.

The Superintendent or designee shall appoint a local steering committee to work with the district on this program. This committee shall represent the ethnic and cultural composition of the district and provide a balance between the education and the arts communities. (Education Code 8813)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)

(cf. 6153 - School-Sponsored Trips)

The Board acknowledges the importance of ongoing professional development for teachers in arts education. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that certificated staff have opportunities to become knowledgeable about curriculum developments in the arts and strategies for delivering a comprehensive arts program to students.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

Legal Reference:


8820-8830 Arts Work Visual and Performing Arts Education Program

8950-8957 California summer school of the arts

51204 Course of study designed for students' needs

51225.3 Graduation requirements

58800-58805 Specialized secondary programs

99200-99205 Subject matter projects

Management Resources:


The Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 1996

Literature for the Visual and Performing Arts, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

Prelude to Performance Assessments in the Arts, K-12, 1994

The Arts: Partnerships as a Catalyst for Educational Reform, 1994

Arts Work: A Call for Arts Education for All California Students, 1997




California Arts Council:


adopted: March 7, 2000 Atascadero, California