The Fine Arts are a key component to an Eden Prairie Schools education and we are proud that the district has one of the top arts programs in the state. We believe an education that includes the Arts results in well-rounded individuals who not only know their fundamental academics, but know themselves better. The Arts provide an outlet for emotional expression and help students know and express their thoughts and feelings. Arts – whether musical, visual, theatrical or written – are a universal language for humankind.
While our K-6 schools follow the traditional elementary curriculum, middle and high school students have many curricular and co-curricular options in vocal, instrumental, dramatic and literary arts. Students have a wide-range of fine arts electives to choose from as they set their course schedules.
Eden Prairie’s bands and choirs have traveled internationally and consistently receive high recognition statewide, regionally and beyond. Several CMS and EPHS students have also earned Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards for artwork including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and ceramics.
Several high school publications feature the written works of our students including the award winning Eyrie student newspaper. Students may also contribute to the literary magazine and the yearbook, and there is a student-produced weekly video news broadcast.
Beginning in Middle School, young thespians can be a part of any number of theatrical productions. A fully-staged spring musical is a CMS tradition. At Eden Prairie High School, in addition to one-act plays and musical, there is an improv group and student written/directed/acted production. (link to theater page)
Fine Arts courses and activities are an enrichment of an already comprehensive education program that results in well-rounded young adults who are wholly ready to take their place in our society.