Explorer West students are challenged to open their imaginations and broaden their horizons by continuously trying new things. All students take art, music, and theater classes as part of their co-curriculum in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

The lessons in art class develop observation, imagination, problem-solving, and self-expression. When provided with elements of design and knowledge of artistic materials, every student succeeds in the artistic process.


Students learn the elements of music by listening to a wide array of music from cultures around the world. They learn about the cultural context from which the music springs. Each student either studies an instrument in an ensemble or learns to sing as a member of a chorus.


Every student takes part in the school’s annual play, including production, set design and performance. Drama is a social art and demands self-control and cooperation. Performing encourages curiosity, discipline, and imagination, all of which are necessary to a full education.