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Unleash your creativity.

Stretch. Move. Sing. Imagine. Feel the music. See things in a new light. Express yourself.

Menlo’s Creative Arts programs will inspire you, spark your curiosity, and help you develop the critical creative thinking skills that you’ll be called upon to use throughout your time at Menlo and beyond. You’ll learn the fundamentals of the art forms that interest you as you enhance your ability to articulate ideas, problem solve, and think creatively. 

Arts are an invaluable and essential component in the triumvirate of Menlo’s academic and athletic curriculum. Art connects the Menlo community in ways that no other discipline can. When every student has a voice, our community is stronger. We have a unique opportunity ahead of us to provide creative and expressive ways to realize both the importance of community and connection. 

Upper School Arts

Meet our Upper School Creative Arts faculty.

Middle School Arts

In our Middle School Creative Arts program, students learn the fundamentals of a variety of art forms while enhancing their ability to articulate ideas, problem solve, and think creatively. From drama and music to studio art, dance, and photography, all Middle School students take Creative Arts courses and have the opportunity to enjoy the creative process and shine as artists.

6th Grade

All 6th grade students take one quarter of each of the following art classes:

  • Visual Art
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drama

7th and 8th Grade

Students take two semesters of creative arts, choosing from semester-long electives:

  • Music: Mixed Chorus, Percussion
  • Visual Art: 2d Drawing, Sculpture, Photography
  • Drama: Scenes, Improv
  • Dance: Choreography, Style and Performance, Dance for Athletes
  • Other Art Electives: Boys’ Chorus (Boys’ Noise), Yearbook, and Yoga

Additional Opportunities

  • Drama - presents two plays and a musical each year
  • Chamber Ensemble meets once per week
  • Dance performing groups - IgKnight (6th grade) and Knight Lights (7th/8th grade)
  • Club offerings include girls’ chorus (girls’ glee) and other music and visual art opportunities


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” —Albert Einstein

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected” —William Plomer