“We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.”
–Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline
Covina-Valley USD offers a variety of arts classes –music, dance, visual art and theatre - for students in grades K-12. Research shows the arts improve academic performance. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates—benefits reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Students with 4 years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with just one-half year of arts or music.
Nationally known funders recognize Covina-Valley’s excellent music and arts programs. Los Angeles County’s Arts for All, Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL), Rotary Club, Stub Hub, Roth Family Foundation, and Mr. Holland’s Opus have awarded grants of over $150,000 during 2015-2016 for the promotion of music and arts in our schools.
The district is committed to providing excellent arts education because the arts promote true prosperity. The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us— fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, art is salve for the ache.
"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate."
–Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp