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Fine Arts, Career & Technology Education

CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Today, high school students face many options for academic growth and career preparation. Making informed choices about their high school program of study will prepare students for success in further education and preparation for rewarding careers.

The Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs provide students with relevant career skills preparation and rigorous academic course work. Our state-approved programs of study are designed to prepare students for the 21st century global economy and its rapidly changing workforce needs.  

DANCE

The BCPS Dance Pre-K-12 Curriculum recognizes that all students have the right to an arts education (dance, theatre, music, and visual arts) as a fundamental part of basic education. The goals and indicators of the curriculum are arranged sequentially, Pre-K-12, to include creative work, dance forms and techniques, dance history, performance and production, aesthetics, and criticism. Infused in the study of dance is the recognition and realization that dance contributes to a healthy lifestyle, as well as the development of individual and social skills. The dance curriculum also provides unique opportunities for cross-curricular connections, an inherent benefit of studying dance.

MUSIC

The Office of Music provides leadership in planning, developing and delivering rigorous music instruction and develops and implements curricular programs aligned to state and national standards and designed to provide active and engaging music experiences for all students.  The Office of Music provides direct service to schools and conducts professional development for teachers and offers countywide enrichment opportunities to provide students with additional experiences in order to develop higher levels of performance skills.  The Office of Music uses current technology as a tool for extending and enhancing student achievement in music and assesses music instruction through the analysis of performance assessment data.  Additionally, The Office of Music develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community stakeholders and partners.

VISUAL ARTS

The Baltimore County Visual Arts Program is aligned with the Maryland State Standards for Visual Arts and guided by Blueprint 2.0. Its mission is to educate all students in creative thinking, creative production, and the artistic process, while developing their understanding and appreciation of the artistic achievements of people from different times, places, and cultures. Students, while immersed in the artistic process, develop skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. These 21st Century Skills prepare students to be globally competitive citizens. Technology is infused in lessons, which are rigorous, relevant, and responsive to the individual needs of all students. The visual arts program is focused on all children and the whole child.

CONTACT:

Douglas Handy, Director
Jacquetta "Jackie" Higgins, Administrative Secretary II

Jefferson Building, 3rd Floor
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
phone: 443-809-8921
fax: 410-821-1719