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Ridge View High SchoolFine Arts
The Ridge View High School Fine Arts program takes traditional arts learning in new directions.  Students are given hands-on opportunities and interdisciplinary connections throughout the curriculum in visual, literary, and performing arts.  Students receive practical experience in career preparatory activities ranging from professional internships, mentoring, and volunteer program to participation with a variety of guest artists.  Performing arts students receive ample performance opportunities through various concerts and school-wide performances.  Visual arts students participate in a variety of competitions and exhibitions throughout the year.  Literary arts students produce a school literary magazine and newspaper.  Those students who demonstrate promise in the art have been successful in applying for scholarship opportunities and admissions at a variety of fine arts institutions including 4-year colleges, conservatories, and professional arts organizations.  Ridge View is the recipient of the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Schools of Excellence in Arts Education award.  
The Fine Arts Department offers a wide range of courses to meet the interests and talents of students of varying levels. Courses are offered in the areas of visual arts, music, theater, and dance. The arts curricula are based on state and national standards and goals. The broad goals of all arts courses are to develop skills, knowledge, and techniques in arts literacy, creative expression, aesthetic valuing and perception, and historical and cultural heritage.

Faculty/Staff Member


Ellen Harrison, Department Chair

Dance 1, Dance 2, T&G Dance
Martha Hearn-Kelly Media Production, Musical Theater I, Theater I, Theater II, Playwrighting, T&G Drama

Dustin King

Band 1, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Instructional Music & Band Rehearsal, Jazz Band, Percussion Techniques

Lane Laney

Advanced 3-D Design, Art 1, Art 2, Ceramics


Christopher Nostrant

Advanced 2-D Design, AP Arts Studio 2-D Design, AP Arts Studio 3-D Design, Arts 1, Arts 2, T&G Visual Arts Honors

Phillip Pagal

AP Music Theory, Orchestra 3 Honors, Orchestra/Strings 1, Orchestra/Strings 2, Orchestra/Strings 3

Katherine Perry

AP Art History, Art of Film, Film Production, Production 1, Production 2

Erin Phillips

Chorus 1, Chorus 2, Chorus 3, Music Appreciation, Piano Class