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Escondido Union ESD |  BP  6142.6  Instruction

Visual And Performing Arts Education   

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The Board of Education believes that visual and performing arts are essential to a well-rounded educational program and should be an integral part of the course of study offered to students at all grade levels. The district's arts education program shall be designed to foster students' artistic competencies, cultivate students' appreciation and understanding of the arts in ways that are enjoyable, fulfilling, and transferable to students' personal, academic, and professional endeavors, and support students to fully engage in lifelong arts learning.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The board shall adopt academic standards for dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts that lead to artistic literacy and promote access and equity in the arts.

(cf. 0415 - Equity)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

The board shall encourage classroom practices, which are consistent with the state curriculum framework and includes the following strands:

1. Artistic perception: processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through the use of language and skills unique to each arts discipline

2. Creative expression: composing, arranging, and performing a work and using a variety of means to communicate meaning and intent in one's own original works

3. Historical and cultural context: understanding the historical contributions and cultural dimensions of an arts discipline

4. Aesthetic valuing: analyzing and critically assessing works of dance, music, theater, and visual arts

5. Connections, relations, and applications: connecting, comparing, and applying what is learned in one arts discipline to learning in the other arts, other subject areas, and careers

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

The board encourages teachers to incorporate standards-based instructional materials for visual and performing arts which may incorporate a variety of media and technologies.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

As appropriate, the superintendent or designee shall provide a standards-based professional development program designed to increase teachers' knowledge of and ability to teach the arts and to implement the district's arts education program.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The superintendent or designee shall encourage the integration of community arts resources into the educational program. Such resources may include opportunities for students to attend musical and theatrical performances, observe the works of accomplished artists, and work directly with artists-in-residence and volunteers. In addition, the superintendent or designee may collaborate with community organizations to share resources and seek grant opportunities.

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

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

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6153 - School-Sponsored Trips)

The superintendent or designee shall report to the board, upon request, the implementation of the district's arts education at each grade level and the program effectiveness in enabling students to meet academic standards.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

Legal Reference:


8950-8957 California summer school for the arts

32060-32066 Toxic art supplies

35330 Field trips

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51225.3 Graduation requirements

58800-58805 Specialized secondary programs

60200-60206 Instructional materials, elementary schools

60400-60411 Instructional materials, high schools

99200-99206 Subject matter projects

Management Resources:


Parents' Guide to the Visual and Performing Arts in California Public Schools


California Arts Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve

California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve, January 2019



Arts Education Partnership:

California Alliance for Arts Education:

California Arts Council:

California Art Education Association:

California Association for Music Education:

California Dance Education Association:

California Department of Education, Visual and Performing Arts:

California Educational Theatre Association:

California Music Educators Association:

The California Arts Project:


adopted: October 22, 2009 Escondido, California

revised: July 18, 2019