Goethe International Charter School (GICS) is committed to educating the whole child. The arts are a critical and integrated part of our curriculum. Students learn the arts as discrete subjects, each with its own unique content, and where appropriate, connect the arts to concepts and themes from the Units of Inquiry.
The introduction to the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards in California provides the roadmap for visual arts instruction. The State Content Standards have identifies five strands to guide instruction: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connections, relations and applications.
At each grade level, kindergarten through grade five, content standards are specified for each strand. Our instruction and the experiences planned for our students are guided by our goal to provide our students with the opportunity to gain competence in each of the five strands as identified by the California State Board of Education.