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The Arts

Princeton Day School helps students to develop their artistic potential to the fullest. The extensive Arts program offers excellent opportunities for creative expression. Each student explores both performing arts and visual and design arts, growing as a thinker and developing artistic appreciation.


A Remarkable Range of Opportunities

Our curriculum is impressively extensive. It ranges from an active program of art and music for all Lower School students to an introduction of the theater program to Middle School students to a broad range of choices in the Upper School. Courses include beginning and advanced explorations in dance, music, theater, ceramics, video and media art, photography, architecture, and furniture design.

Recent PDS Arts News

Senior Awards Celebrate Exceptional Achievements Among the Class of 2019

As the senior year concludes, PDS celebrates the collective accomplishments of the 108 members of the Class of 2019 and the School values these students have embodied along the way: intellectual curiosity, creativity, integrity and resilience. The 2019 Upper School Awards Assembly on May 24 celebrated the Class of 2019 while highlighting particular seniors—and two juniors—who received awards for achievements and distinctions. Read about these exceptional student award-winners and scroll to the end for the slide show of photos capturing some special moments. A complete Flickr album of the senior luncheon, assembly and yearbook party is posted as well!

PDS Performing Arts Earns Multiple 2018-2019 Honors

Multiple nominations from Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards and Montclair State University NJ High School Theatre Awards for the Upper School 2018-2019 season fall play and winter musical, plus yet another invitation to attend the world-renowned Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2020, reflect the exceptional quality of the Princeton Day School performing arts program.

Middle School Chorale Soloist

Expectation of Excellence

Whether it’s striking self-portraits completed by eighth graders or the remarkable performances of the school’s chamber music ensembles, a single theme unites experiences in the arts at Princeton Day School: the expectation of excellence. In meeting their teachers’ and their own high standards, students discover what it means—and what it takes—to produce work of real quality.

Exploring Architecture

Starting in Middle School, all students explore not only fine art, but also design arts, including architecture. Those interested can pursue the discipline in unusual depth, with several advanced electives in Upper School.

Shades of Broadway

The Upper School fall play and winter musical feature exceptional performances, as well as sets, costumes, and lighting design to rival professional productions. These productions have received recognition as among the best in secondary school education in the state.

Inspiring Spaces

The School’s arts wing provides an inspiring home to the visual and design arts. Highlights include dedicated studios for ceramics and sculpture, architecture, painting, woodworking, and digital and traditional photography.

 

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    photo credit: matt pilsner