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Visual & Performing Arts 


Montessori education has a deep commitment to the arts and cultural awareness, and the Visual and Performing Arts program maintains this commitment by providing our students with an arts curriculum that works toward making meaningful connections with their classroom curricular work. The Visual and Performing Arts program (VAPA), includes the first through eighth grade arts classes at BHMS.

Grades 1-5

Students in grades 1-5 rotate through regular classes in these core disciplines: 


  • Dance

  • Drama

  • Music

  • Visual Arts 

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Grades 6-8

Students in grades 6-8 have VAPA selectives each trimester to study a discipline of their choice in greater depth. Selective offerings include: 


  • Ceramics

  • Drawing

  • Outdoor Mural Painting

  • Photography

  • Choreography/Repertoire 

  • Percussion

  • Acappella to Ukulele

  • Salsa Dance

  • Swing Dance

  • Choral Band


Middle School Production

In grades 7 and 8, students undertake a yearlong study exploring a text and then bring it to life in a full theatrical production in the spring. All students participate in one area of the production: the set design team, media team, or the acting ensemble.

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