At Friends' Central, we believe that the highest expression of creativity is the belief that anything is possible.

The Friends' Central Arts Department provides diverse courses and extracurricular activities encompassing visual and performing arts. Classes explore different approaches to artmaking as well as an assortment of mediums and styles. Visual arts offerings range from applied arts to fine arts. Music offerings provide opportunities for students to listen to, create and/or perform music depending on their personal interests. Our drama program includes both modern and classical instruction and all students are invited to participate either onstage or behind the scenes in any of the three plays produced each year.

Music

Opportunities for students to listen to, create and/or perform music depending on their personal interests

Drama

All students are invited to participate either onstage or behind the scenes in any of the three plays produced each year.

Visual Arts

Visual arts offerings range from applied arts to fine arts.

At FCS, we teach students to respond to and appreciate the art that surrounds them while providing opportunities to spark their imagination and creativity. We encourage every student to discover their individual artistic voice and to collaborate within performing ensembles in order to further the acquisition of skills and to hone critical thinking. Students emerge confident, capable, curious and expressive from their interactive arts experiences both in and out of the classroom.

FCS graduation requirements include two years of Arts fulfilled through offerings with a high degree of flexibility in both course selection and sequence. The acquisition of credits usually begins in ninth grade, and as a result of the variety of semester or yearlong classes, many students choose to surpass this requirement.

In addition to curricular and extracurricular opportunities, the department is committed to exposing students to the rich and varied arts experiences in Philadelphia - with visiting artists coming to classrooms and trips to museums and performances in our city and beyond. Students can also showcase their talents throughout the year both on and off campus.

Meet the Arts Department