Upper School Arts

Visual and performing arts courses are a daily part of the Upper School curriculum. Instruction and performance opportunities allow students to develop their talents and prepare them for advanced studies in the arts at the university level.

The range of visual arts courses in the Upper School include ceramics, sculpture (bronze and stone), woodworking, video, photography, drawing, painting and digital design. Courses give students the experience of producing original works of art from concept to completion. Formal elements and principles of design are introduced and emphasized with an appreciation of a diverse global artistic heritage. Students are encouraged to create personal works of art appropriate for their skill level in Parker's state-of-the-art studio facilities.

Parker musicians perform at important School events such as Spring Arts Night and Commencement, as well as at school assemblies, lunchtime concerts, athletic events, the Holiday Concert, and several major talent shows throughout the year. Upper School ensembles include Acappella Anonymous, Classical Guitar, Contemporary Guitar, Instrumental Ensemble (concert and jazz band), Orchestra, and Pep Band. In addition, many small groups also form during the year to rehearse and perform music for special occasions. Student musicians have the opportunity to perform and compete in off-campus venues including community events and the annual Forum Music Festival in Anaheim.

The Upper School Drama Program builds on the techniques students learn in Middle School Drama. The program develops confidence, active listening, and advanced improvisational skills. Textual analysis of plays, as well as learning the techniques of creating a character, are emphasized. Students study the acting methods of Stanislavski, Adler, Hagen and Meisner, and perform two presentations throughout the school year. 

The Parker Dance Company provides an opportunity for advanced dancers at the Upper School level to learn advanced choreography that showcases their talents and features them in annual dance performances throughout the year, as well as in Spring Arts Night and other performance opportunities. Students at an advanced level are invited to audition in the fall for selection into the Company.

Get to Know Our Arts Faculty

Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900