Fine Arts

Our schools offer students exposure to a wide variety of fine arts and a strong foundation of training to those who choose to pursue a higher level of fine arts preparation. Our community values the arts, leading to many arts experiences for our students. Partnerships with local arts organizations and universities create opportunities for students to work and perform with world class artists. It is our belief that the arts provide many benefits not found in other content areas, fostering self-expression, improving self-esteem, and often building bridges for understanding across the core curriculum.

 H2O actors
Congratulations to Clay High School thespians, 2020 Indiana Thespians State Champions, for their performance of H2O--A Play About Water which received 494 out of 500 points. Individual note: Senior Lucy Beard won a $800 scholarship for her performance, and Junior Teris Winborn won the t-shirt design competition. The original show was written by Professor Richard Hess and theatre students at University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. They graciously granted CHS permission to reinterpret the script. See vvideo >>


Our youngest students receive weekly instruction in both music and visual arts and K-5 students participate in school-based art exhibits and at least one music performance every year. Children in grades 4 and 5 have instrumental music lessons that expose them to the various instruments used in band and orchestra. This allows them to make a more informed decision when they choose their fine arts electives at the middle school level.

Middle School

Students have daily instruction in at least one fine arts class: band, orchestra, choir, or art and participate in at least two performances each year and a district-wide art exhibition at the Colfax Center. Music students also participate in Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contests as soloists and/or members of a group.

High School

Fine arts options increase and vary among each school, often overlapping into specific magnet or CTE programs. Students compete in ISSMA, Scholastic, and other competitions. In addition to traditional music and art classes, students have options in theatre, dance, and more specialized music and art courses.


  • Nuner Fine Arts Academy (K-5) - the arts are integrated throughout curriculum in all classes. Students receive instruction in art and vocal music, play instruments in the upper grades, add dance into their PE classes, and attend weekly drama classes.*

  • Dickinson Fine Arts Academy (6-8) - the arts are integrated into core content classes and, as a STEAM school, combined with engineering and technology. Students in grades 7 and 8 participate in more specialized art and music courses such as Media Tech Arts, 3-D Art, 2-D Art, Symphonic Band, and STEAM.*

* Both of these schools offer extensive after-school programming that provides even more arts experiences.

  • Clay High School Visual and Performing Arts - students select a strand of the arts to specialize in, but may also take courses in all of the arts. While this is not a whole school magnet like the others, non-magnet students may participate in the magnet classes. Specialized classes are offered in all areas of the fine arts, with many taught by artists-in-residence. Each year, CHS seniors are accepted to prestigious art schools and currently share their artistic voices all over the world.