Visual & Performing Arts Department

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    The DVUSD Fine Arts - Visual & Performing Arts Department believes that a Visual & Performing Arts education is essential for the development of the whole child. The arts provide students with unique experiences that allow them to explore their passions, maximize their creativity and critical thinking skills, and learn valuable lessons about self-motivation, dedication, teamwork and communication. Simply put, the arts are essential to the proper functioning of our society.  The arts continue to demonstrate their ability to provide categorical evidence of their impact on social issues that concern virtually every facet of American society.  Students with an arts-rich education:

    • Have better grade point averages
    • Score better on standardized tests in reading and math
    • Have lower dropout rates

    Read more about the positive impacts arts have on students, and the challenges arts programs face.


  • Children playing instruments

    Learn more about the different experiences children of all ages have at DVUSD with instruments and ensembles.


  • O Connor choir singing

    From an after-school activity for elementary school children, to advanced choir for high school seniors, DVUSD offers numerous choir opportunities at all grade levels.


  • Ballet dancer

    High school dance courses offer basic dance instruction to performance dance ensemble.

Visual Arts

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    See the benchmarks for K-8 art students, as well as various visual art offerings for high school students.

General Music


  • Mountain Ridge actress

    Learn about the various levels of theatre offered at DVUSD, including prequisite courses.

Performing & Fine Arts Events

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Meet Anna Backstrom, Fine Arts Specialist