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Weighted Fine Arts Credits

Our high school fine arts department is looking into a weighted fine arts credit for Art, Theatre, Band and Choir next year. Are there any other schools that currently have weighted choir? If so, what does this look like?
Thanks for all your advice in advance.
Audra Dierksen
on June 1, 2015 10:50pm
California allows for an honors choir with weighted GPA. Here is the information:

Honors-level courses in the visual and performing arts (VPA) must have as a prerequisite at least two years of college-preparatory work in the discipline or comparable (alternative) experience that includes all five component strands of the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools [PDF]. Honors courses may be open to students who have not completed the prerequisite college-preparatory work but whose preparation in the art form is at a high artistic level and who can demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in all five component strands of the art form. Alternative entrance into the honors-level course shall be by audition/demonstration and a standards-based content exam (oral, written or portfolio/performance).

Honors-level VPA courses will be demonstrably more challenging than regular college-preparatory classes, and study content in the art form that is of artistic and cultural merit and represents a variety of styles, genres or historical periods. The curriculum must be comparable to college curriculum and require in-depth written assignments that demonstrate student knowledge across the component strands and related arts standards. Each student must complete a variety of individual assessments with a comprehensive final examination in the form of a recital, production, analytical/historical paper or exhibition, and that will include a written component (in the case of a recital, exhibition or production) and post-performance presentation as the culmination of their “capstone project,” as well as other assessment tools appropriate to the five strands of the art form, and representative of high levels of analysis and self-evaluation.

Honors-level coursework in the art form may not require a separate class section in the regular college-preparatory curriculum. The use of college-level textbooks is encouraged. All VPA honors-level coursework shall include a capstone project, examples of which are listed for each specific arts discipline in the sections below.

UC honors-level visual and performing arts courses must also meet the general “a-g” honors-level course criteria.

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on June 3, 2015 5:57am
We have an honors SATB choir and Wind Ensemble. Students in the WE are required to take outside lessons, and they prepared and perform advanced repertoire. Students in the choir are required to attend outside sectionals, and perform advanced literature. They're expected to learn all the "what" and "when" of the music outside of class.
on September 23, 2015 1:53pm
Thank you both for your reply. We are still working out a solution with our administration, but you were both very helpful.
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