The arts curriculum at Overlake is designed to inspire life-long involvement in and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.  Overlake offers a tactile, balanced, and discipline-based arts program that develops students’ abilities in perception, comprehension, creativity, and aesthetic values.  Our goal is to provide students with a broad spectrum of opportunities to develop these skills and encourage divergent thinking and self-expression. The range of offerings includes drama, stagecraft/technical theater, vocal and instrumental music, traditional and experimental two and three dimensional visual arts courses, digital art making, and design classes. Required courses in the arts are meant to encourage all students to explore venues that are perhaps new to them, while also allowing for specialization and more in-depth study in a particular area of interest.

Students may see their art works displayed around campus: in our outdoor gallery, the Campus Center or in the Fulton Performing Arts Center.

Choirs, bands and orchestra perform several concerts throughout the school year, and compete in choral and instrumental festivals and contests.

Our drama department presents three or four productions each year with options for Middle School and Upper School students. Most productions are offered as classes with an additional after school rehearsal schedule. All students may audition for the biennial All-School Musical, or help produce it, as a co-curricular option.

Curriculum Requirements:

Four semesters (2 credits) of arts courses are required for graduation; two semesters of required options plus two semesters of electives. The 2 required courses must be chosen from the designated arts tracks, listed below.

Students choose a combination of two tracks: Art and Drama, Art and Music, or Drama and Music. The remaining two semesters can be any two electives from drama, music, or visual art.


Choose 1 semester
from the following:

Studio Art

Choose 1 semester
from the following:

Advanced Drama*
Advanced Musical Theater*
Improvisation Workshop
Performing Arts Workshop
Video Production

Choose 1 semester
from the following:

Music Appreciation
Chamber Choir
Concert Choir
Concert Band
Jazz Band

*Requires special teacher permission.