Fine Arts

Fine Arts at Austin ISD

The Austin ISD Fine Arts Department believes that a fine arts education is essential for the development of the whole child. The arts provide students with unique experiences that allow them to explore their passions, maximize their creativity and critical thinking skills, and learn valuable lessons about self-motivation, dedication, teamwork and communication.

AISD is a recognized leader in urban education and is dedicated to providing an arts-rich education for every student. In 2015–16, fine arts education was available at all 129 schools serving the district's 81,000 students. Every elementary student in the district receives a high-quality education in elementary and music.

Secondary schools throughout AISD offer many different fine arts strands for students to pursue:

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Guitar
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Each of these sequential courses, all of which feature a meaningful and rigorous curriculum taught by expert staff, provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for cognitive, creative, emotional and social growth. By enrolling in these fine arts courses, students are also eligible to participate in clinics and contests such as All-City Guitar, All-City Band, All-City Choir, UIL Concert and Sight Reading, One Act Play, Dance Spectacular and Visual Art Scholastic Event, as well as various concerts, events and art exhibits throughout the community. Fine arts students from AISD have won numerous district, state and national awards and scholarships, and many have gone on to pursue the arts in higher education and beyond.