Can an arts school have exceptional academics?

We say yes.


The academic program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts is designed to leverage and foster the habits of a young artist’s mind—careful observation, critical thinking, and a desire for deep and enduring understanding. Through a process-oriented approach that emphasizes hands-on and project-based learning, our comprehensive curriculum encourages students to recognize and value multiple perspectives when considering complex challenges.

All students commit to a full-time, college-preparatory curriculum in addition to studies in their elected arts major. The academic schedule allows students to focus on fewer courses at a time, resulting in meaningful engagement with subject matter, promoting natural curiosity, and solidifying learning. Students master both the subject matter and the skills necessary for future academic success, while gaining valuable context for their art-making and their growing understanding of the world around them.