Alverno Heights Academy’s Visual and Performing Arts

Aside from studying the more traditional subjects, Alverno Heights Academy’s curriculum allows its students to study Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts to the highest performance and intellectual level. Its Performing Arts is unique because it provides a continuous program of academic achievement and excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts. And it provides a challenging and effective specialist and artistic education programs and preparation for exciting careers in the arts and associated industries. All students enrolled have the opportunity to audition to perform; they often write the scripts, compositions and fellow students direct. They are supported by the students from the Video, Technical, Costume and Design Companies construct and design the sets, document and record performances.

Courses Offered

• Advanced Art
• Advanced Placement Art
• Ceramics and Sculpture
• Drawing and Painting
• Design and Printmaking
• Open Studio Art
• Photography

• Dance 1 & 2
• Advanced Dance /Choreography
• Musical Theater

• Acting 1 & 2
• Advanced Theater
• Improvisation for Theater
• Stagecraft

• Choir
• Alverno Singers
• Music/Glee Class

• Art Club
• Photography Club
• Drama Club
• Dance Club
• National Arts Honors Society
• Comedy Sports /Improvisation Club

• Fall Play
• Fall Choral Concert
• Candle Light Celebration
• Spring Musical
• Spring Concert
• A.P. Art Exhibit
• Arts at Lunch

Students will…
• gain knowledge and appreciation for the many different art forms and practices of art in cultures throughout the world
• analyze and think critically about the visual and performing arts
• communicate with a strong and passionate voice
• research and acquire experience in the various career opportunities found in the visual and performing arts fields
• develop a strong foundation in technique and discipline

About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit







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