The Arts Program
In addition to traditional core courses, Penn-Griffin School for the Arts offers elective classes in eight different arts disciplines: orchestra, band, chorus, classical guitar, piano, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Unique to Penn-Griffin is the opportunity for students to journey through the arts in one school from sixth through twelfth grade. The arts program is designed to allow students to explore multiple arts areas in sixth grade and then choose an area as their arts concentration in seventh and eighth grade. Upon entering the high school grades, students must audition in their arts concentration. The high school students continue formal study in their art in a supportive environment with other students who share their passion and love for the arts.
How do I get to go to Penn-Griffin?
Middle grade students (6-8) come to Penn-Griffin through an application process that takes place in the spring of each school year. After filling out and turning in the application, a lottery system is used to place students in the school.
The Penn-Griffin faculty and staff participate regularly in arts integration workshops and training sessions. The arts are seen and heard in every classroom, not just in the arts classrooms. Core teachers strive to integrate at least one arts discipline into each unit their students explore.
In 2003 William Penn-Alfred J. Griffin School for the Arts opened its doors to the first class of middle school arts magnet students. The addition of the historic William Penn High School building doubled the size of the existing facility and supplied the students with the opportunity to perform in the newly renovated auditorium. This expansion allows a room dedicated to each arts area. The Samuel E. Burford auditorium is also used by local civic and arts groups for meetings and performances.
Come for a Visit
Parents who would like more information about the magnet program, audition information, or a tour of the facility should call the school at (336) 819-2870.