At Paradigm Schools, we believe the Fine Arts are an integral part of life and learning. As such, we strive to integrate the arts both within our Liberal Arts curriculum, and outside of it in science, math, and more. We want our scholars to grow into well-rounded individuals who are as talented with their paintbrush (or preferred medium) as they are with their pen. Our programs include the following:
Paradigm’s Music and Arts programs provide ample opportunities that support Scholars on their journey of self-discovery and self-expression. Whether they’re a student in our visual or performing arts programs, scholars will find the support, guidance, and encouragement to pursue their love of the arts both in school and throughout their lives.
At Paradigm Schools, we believe the arts are just as important as any other course. Our principal even calls the arts programs the football and basketball of our school. Not only are we unique in our emphasis on the arts, but we also set our school apart with our signature multidisciplinary approach by integrating fine arts throughout science, math, and other courses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every artist was first an amateur.” Aside from our theater productions, which are open only to high school students, all grade levels are welcome to participate in any of our fine arts programs if they pass the appropriate auditions. We believe learning should be individualized to skill level, not something arbitrary like age.
Should scholars choose to pursue a degree in arts at college, we prepare them for this higher-level learning in a few ways. Throughout our arts programs, we do our best to bring in university coaches or local professionals to work with scholars in their respective fields. We also mirror the oral exams in our music classes after college juries.
Our arts curriculum closely follows that of the state. We have several teachers in our fine arts programs who are a part of the Utah Music Educators Association. Our orchestra, band, and choir often receive superior ratings and perform in the top 10% at state festivals, which score based on the state core standards.
We want our scholars to have opportunities to showcase the skills they are learning! Paradigm participates in the UHSAA at the 2A Division for Instrumental and Choir Festivals . Our performing groups also participate in the annual Utah Shakespeare Festival High School Shakespeare Competition each fall. Band/Orchestra and Choir have the option to travel for Music Tours that occur every spring.
Additionally, Paradigm hosts an annual concerto competition open to anyone in the school. Winners of this competition as well as groups who received superior ratings have the opportunity to perform at Gardner Hall for a panel of judges.
Do you believe your scholar would benefit from our fine arts program or our individualized approach to education? Apply to our lottery for the chance to enroll in a Paradigm education. You can also contact our registrar with any questions at 801-676-1018.
I love Paradigm. My children have never been happier, and have found a love of learning that was missing in their previous education!Julia H.
I went to Paradigm all through high school. Best experience ever. Not only did it help me focus on my strengths, but it also prepared me for college with its challenging curriculum that makes you think outside the box. The mentors there care about each of their students individually, and want nothing more than the students’ success.Jennifer L.
In Fall 2019, Paradigm Schools became the first public school in the state of Utah to offer virtual and augmented reality technology to scholars. Headset devices are used to enhance learning opportunities for our scholars, allowing them to explore virtual places around the world, on another planet, or during a completely different time period. Whether it’s visiting the surface of Mars or exploring the Pyramids of Giza, this is a completely immersive learning experience.