If we were to make a word bubble of what our students say about their arts classes and clubs, these words would be the largest: acceptance, family, laughter, confidence-building, where I can be myself…
The arts are truly powerful. With 24 classes at Kelso High alone this year, we’re proud to offer a robust selection of offerings to enhance the learning and lives of our students.
Here’s some information, by the numbers, about the arts at KHS. (Here’s a printer-friendly pdf of the May issue.)
- 200: students enrolled in 2018/19 music classes
- 5: teachers
- 10: music classes offered
- 3: after school bands
- 64: musical performances this year
- 29: students went to state competition this April
- 5: students made all-state honor groups
- 180: hours marching band practices for 9 performances
- 30: leadership positions in KHS music offerings
- 139: enrollment in 2018/19 theater classes
- 2: theater classes offered
- 5: theatrical shows this year
- 25: active members in the Theatre Club
- $3,500: average cost to put on a musical theater production
- $2,000: average cost to put on a theater production
- (rights, posters, programs, sets, lights, advertising)
- 9: fundraisers this year to support productions
- 1200: enrollment in 2018/19 visual arts classes
- 4: teachers
- 12: art classes offered
- 2,700: ceramics pieces per year fired in the KHS kiln
- 8: pieces of art from KHS students have hung in the U.S. Capitol
- 100+ pieces of art framed for the Spring Art Show each year
Arts in Education Matters
- Sustained learning in music and theater correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.
- Not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.
- Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
- Curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school.
- High school students who earned few or no arts credits were five times more likely not to have graduated than students who earned many arts credits.
- Students who had intensive arts experiences in high school were three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree. They also were more likely to earn “mostly A’s” in college. 
- Performing arts students show greater flexibility and adaptability in thinking than their peers.
- Students who participate in the arts develop leadership skills, including decision-making, strategy building, planning, and reflection. 
- Students who have had an arts-rich education volunteer more often and exhibit greater civic engagement than other students. 
- Students with higher involvement in the arts scored better on measures of persistence than their peers with lower arts involvement. 
We Are Kelso Spotlights:
- Arts Teachers: The transformative power of arts in education
- Theatre Club: Breaking out of their shells in Theatre Club
 Americans for the Arts. “Summary of Key Additional Arts Education Research and Facts.”
 Weinberger, Norman M. “The Music in Our Minds.” Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California.
 National Endowment for the Arts. “Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.”
 National School Boards Association. “Prediction: Identifying potential dropouts.” The Center for Public Education.
 National Endowment for the Arts. “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth.”
 Arts Education Partnership (AEP). “Preparing Students for the Next America.”