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The Arts: At the Heart of Devereux Glenholme

(Washington, CT)

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Center for the ArtsWashington, CT -  The Arts is at the heart of The Glenholme School; it encompasses every facet of student life. Integrated with the Glenholme Motivational Management Approach, the Arts Program combines creative possibilities for students to practice and develop social-emotional skills while experiencing the joy of artistic expression.

The program is designed to help further individual treatment plan goals through classroom, workshop and after-school activity. Involvement in the arts program, affords students an opportunity to enact the principals of character education including respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, fairness and citizenship and to embody these principals in their work. Glenholme’s Arts Program incorporates classroom venues to off-campus activities, including:
  • After-school enrichment classes in Fine Art, Drama, Choral Music, Instrumental Music, and Dance. A small selection of activities includes Ancient Art, Jazz Dance, Ballroom, Dancing, Drum Set, Keyboard, Music Technology, Comedy Improvisation, Costume Design and many more.
  • Performing before an audience, plays, arts events, and concerts helps students develop performance and audience skills. This incorporates a Summer Broadway Jr. Musical, a Holiday concert, a Spring concert, Dance Recitals, Graduation choral segments, Open MIC every Wednesday at lunch; Cocoa Café on Thursday evenings; Town Hall: an All Student Talent Show; Annual All School Art Exhibition, original plays performed during the year; and much more.
  • Visiting Artist and Performing Arts Groups vary each year. A few recent presentations were provided by Shakesperience, Yale Spizzwinks(?), Sounds of Afrika, and author and illustrator Billy Steers.
  • Arts Field Trips take students off campus to see professional artists and arts groups. Off-campus trips included Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Litchfield Jazz Festival, WESCONN band concerts, Warner Theatre, and a variety of other local plays and concerts.
  • Arts in Collaboration: Shepaug High School, After School Arts Program in Washington (ASAP), Young Audiences in CT is a showcase of performing artists, ASAP Celebration of Young Writers, and Autism Speaks choral performance.
  • Music Lessons: In a combination of campus-offered music lessons and coordination of outside professionals, Glenholme Arts program has provided training to students for voice, classical piano, trumpet, clarinet, and guitar. Currently in the planning stages is a stringed instrument class for the Fall semester.
The Arts faculty is comprised of professional artist-teachers who bring a wealth of academic and artistic experience in each of their areas of the Glenholme School and its students. They are trained in Theatre Arts, Music, Dance and Instrumental music and have either performing or exhibition background in their art forms.

Those who work in the arts know the positive power the arts has on children in a myriad of ways. The Glenholme Arts Program and its multi-faceted components aim to enhance the social-emotional development, interpersonal communication and group skills through a variety of art forms, where our young people can perform, excel, and consequently increase self-esteem. As an educational institution serving children with special needs, we have the obligation to provide the opportunity of a well-rounded education.

“Drama motivates me to get through my day. “ - A Glenholme Student

Devereux Glenholme is an exceptional boarding school for students with special needs, which offers an individually prescribed learning environment with a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effective individualized services, we apply a positive behavior support model focused on development of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. The school’s milieu therapy addresses varying levels of academic, social and special needs development in boys and girls ages 10-18 and postgraduates. We prepare graduates for continued education in traditional day schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/.


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