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The Arts are central to student life at South Shore Charter Public School. SSCPS is dedicated to integrating fine and performing arts by including creative reasoning and experiential learning throughout classes and activities within the general curriculum, K-12. Beginning in Kindergarten, students first learn about art as part of history, world culture, and heritage. This integration continues as students progress through each grade and level.

In addition to cross-curricular study, students from K- 8 receive instruction in fine arts and music each week. Beginning in grade five, teachers teach small group classes in both the fine arts and graphic design.

Student Expression through the Arts at SSCPS

The Arts serve as a connecting strand for Projects and Workshops thorough all grade levels. Projects provide students with opportunities to study Dance, Poetry, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Instrumental Music, Choral Music, and Drama. Students demonstrate their learning through annual events showcasing their work including plays, concerts, and art shows. Each year, students across grade levels have the opportunity to participate in an all-school play.

There are numerous opportunities for advanced study in the Arts at the High School. SSCPS offers Workshops in Fine Art, Music, Illustration, Graphics, Strings, Photography, Dance and Theatre Arts. The High School Theatre Workshop annually participates in the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild High School Theatre Festival. The High School Art Workshop has been nationally recognized winning numerous awards and scholarship opportunities for students. Please visit their website to view students’ work.

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The act of creating encourages students to think deeply, problem-solve, and communicate their ideas effectively.

Our highly skilled art teachers, Sarah Gavin, Pam Golden, and Dan Vasconcellos, are working with students on projects that teach the elements of art while allowing for both wide freedom of expression and the creative outlet that students need to balance their efforts in other subjects. All of our students in grades K-8 attend art class weekly, with additional art classes for kindergarten students. Students in grades 5-12 have opportunities to participate in visual arts based Projects and Workshops. At the high school, the shift to semester-length Workshops has allowed a greater number of students to participate in arts-based classes.

The art curriculum provides students with exposure to diverse artistic styles and cultural perspectives while teaching the standards outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework.

At SSCPS the visual arts fosters creativity, critical thinking, and emotional expression


Through shared moments of happiness, music unites individuals from various generations and cultural backgrounds. High school music education is important as it gives students a place to grow in all areas of their development. They gain the ability to think analytically, speak more confidentially, discover new interests, and become more motivated to lean. Music provides a solid basis for students' lifetime cultural development and all-around harmonic growth.

Level I Spring Concert


Featuring composers from around the world,  students showcased remarkable versatility and mastery across a wide range of musical styles. The concert performance was a captivating exploration of  musical diversity spanning the globe. Featured was music from Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. With each piece audience members were transported to different parts of the world, captivating us all with skillful interpretations and heartfelt performances. It was a truly unforgettable evening celebrating the universal language of music and the remarkable talent of our student musicians.

SSCPS Fashion Show 2024