The visual and performing arts programs at Groton provide students with opportunities to discover their talents, to acquire skills necessary for artistic expression, and to develop an understanding and appreciation of the arts. Drawing a landscape, directing a play, and building a mahogany table are as intrinsic to the arts program as critiquing a photograph, practicing a cello sonata, acting in a play, or singing a major choral work.
Students have opportunities to explore coursework in dance, drama, music, studio arts, and woodworking. They also may participate in the after-school theater program.
Students must study art; the School recognizes the value of being actively engaged in a creative process. All students entering Groton in the Lower School must take a visual studies course. Second formers fulfill this requirement during their first year at Groton; new third formers may take the visual studies course in the third form year or may take a one-term course in the Upper School. Students who enter the school in the fourth or fifth forms choose any three art credits to fulfill the graduation requirement. Music History, Art History, and Music Appreciation do not fulfill the arts requirement.
The School's requirements rest on the conviction that the arts encourage personal expression, help develop self-discipline and new perspective, and enrich lives.