Lee High School Offers For-Credit Performing Arts Classes
Dedication and hard work on the stage is now worth credit in the classroom. Staunton Public Schools added theater and dance as electives, and dozens of students at Lee High School have signed up.
Theater arts classes at Lee High School fell victim to budget cuts several years ago, but have returned for the new school year. And now they're joined by dance classes, a first-time offering for Staunton.
The for-credit electives at Lee High School have attracted about 50 students. They started the school year with their first readings of an autumn play and "free-expression exercises" that aim to get creative juices flowing. Instructors say these are talented, dedicated students who deserve classroom credit for their efforts.
Drama teacher Missy Maynard said, "It's a lot of validation for what these students spend so much time doing. These performing arts that we do in our schools takes so much time and practice and all of these things. I think it's important for those things to be recognized."
The students must be self-motivated, since they'll be expected to attend rehearsals and performances on nights and weekends. The drama class meets three days a week at 7 a.m.
Since these performing arts classes offer credit toward graduation, the Staunton students will have homework, papers to research and write, and exams in the form of a final production.
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