Arts education in middle and upper school has a proven positive impact on literacy development, mathematics achievement and overall academic success. Barstow's diverse arts requirements and electives recognize each student's interests and strengths.
Visual arts instruction progresses from fundamentals to honors courses in 2D and 3D art across a variety and photography. Music instruction is provided for all grade 6 students—and many continue in middle and upper school choirs, Chamber Singers, music theory and instrumental performance courses. Theatre offerings include acting, production and design. Students also perform in musicals, plays and improv groups.
Award-winning debate, broadcast and film production programs teach students valuable analytical, research and technical skills. Additional arts offerings include competitive speech for middle school students, screenwriting, print publications, music history.