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Arts and Enrichment Program

Arts and Enrichment Program

Arts & Enrichment Program

The Arlington Catholic Arts & Enrichment Program is an essential and integral component of the AC experience.  Research supports the value of art education in all areas of students’ lives and we are proud to be able to offer that enrichment and exposure to all of our students.

Questions about the Arts & Enrichment Program should be addressed to Mrs. Jacquie Billings.

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. (People) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”
– Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education



The AC Arts Council is a group of students who recognize the importance of integrating the arts into their high school experience.  Its mission is to initiate events and activities -- big and small -- that will cultivate school spirit through the arts.  What kinds of events and activities?  Well, that is up to the council, but ideas might include an open mic series showcasing student writing, music, visual art, videos; visits to local museums and theatres; workshops; book talks, project sharing, and guest speakers.  

The Arts Council will meet every other week.  This opportunity is open to students from all grade levels.

Select Singers is a high level choral group open to students in 7th - 12th grade by audition.  This choir will give musically advanced students the opportunity to sing quality choral and a cappella repertoire from a variety of musical time periods and genres. Students will work to improve sight reading, vocal technique, choral blend, harmonic independence, diction and musical expression.  There will be at least one concert each semester for students to perform.  





Students will register for a second semester class in December. An updated list of courses is available at the link above.

Students are encouraged to see Mrs. Billings or Mr. Naughton with course ideas.


Is this program required?

Yes, you are required to take an arts or enrichment course each semester in order to graduate from Arlington Catholic. Courses offered as part of the regular academic program (Art I, for example) may not be used to fulfill this requirement. You may not use outside courses to fulfill this requirement. 

When will the courses be held?

Each course will meet for one hour on Wednesday afternoon, following fifth period. Dismissal from school will be at 2:00pm each Wednesday. 

What type of grade and credit will I earn?

Each semester course will receive a grade of Pass/Fail, will earn .25 credits, and will appear on your report card and transcript. Each teacher will explain participation policies at the start of each semester. Regular and consistent attendance as well as participation in each course is expected and required in order to earn a passing grade.

What if I fail a course?
We sincerely hope that this will not happen. If you do fail, you will be required to complete an arts course outside of school at your own expense to earn the credit for that semester. 
How do I register for the class I want?

Students will register for the Arts & Enrichment program twice each year using their GradeBook account.

For the fall semester, registration will take place in March when registering for other courses for the next school year.

For the spring semester, registration will take place during an announced time in December.


Can I switch out of a class once it has begun?

Because each course will meet for a limited number of times, schedule changes are not permitted.

Can I take a class more than once?

Some courses may be taken only once, others may be repeated. Specific information is found in each course description. If a course is able to be taken more than once, you will be asked to register for that class again. 

If a course is offered for the whole year, do I need to take it for the whole year?

No. If you wish to join a year-long course (or leave one) for the second semester, you may do so. Teachers will ensure that students new to a course in the second semester will be caught up to those who may be continuing in the course.

No student will be compelled to stay in a course for an entire year. No student will be denied admission to a year-long course if it was not taken in the first semester, provided space is available.

Am I guaranteed to get my first choice course?

There is no guarantee that all students will get their first choice. If a class is over or under enrolled then students will be placed into an alternate course.