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An artistically literate citizen has the knowledge, skills, and understanding to actively engage in the arts throughout their lives. The intrinsic nature of the arts leads to and promotes a civilized, sustainable society. Artistically literate graduates are career and college ready, capable of understanding and addressing the needs of society, and participating in a global economy. An artistically literate high school graduate has had sustained engagement in one or more of the five arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theater, Visual, and Media Arts; and is prepared with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to actively engage in the arts throughout his or her life.

Through creating, performing, responding, and connecting in the arts, students generate experiences, construct knowledge, and build a more integrated understanding of self and community. They explore and express ideas, feelings, and beliefs about the past and present; discover new ideas; and begin to envision possible futures. Through careful study of their own and others’ art, students explore and make sense of the broad human condition across time and cultures.

Arts literacy also fosters connections between the arts, and between the arts and other disciplines, thereby providing opportunities to access, develop, express, and integrate meaning across a variety of content areas. Indeed, an arts-literate individual recognizes the value of the arts as a place of free expression; and the importance of observing and participating in the social, political, spiritual, financial, and aesthetic aspects of their communities (both local and global, in person and virtually); and works to introduce the arts into those settings. 

Arts Curriculum

Denzel Washington School of the Arts (DWSA) serves students in grade 6-12.  The objective of the Denzel Washington School of the Arts is to provide an educational experience for children passionate about an art discipline.  We utilize this passion as a gateway for preparation in college or conservatory training. 

We recognize that some of our students will pursue the arts and enter professional careers in the arts - continuing Mount Vernon's legacy of creating stars. 

We also recognize that others will elect traditional majors and contribute to our society as doctors, lawyers, teachers and in other professions.  Either way, our goal includes educating the whole child and nurturing their self-esteem, confidence, and passion for learning.  We also endeavor to nurture future patrons of the arts. 



Technical Theatre 


Vocal Music 


  • Acting 1 

  • Acting 2 

  • Acting 3 

  • Acting 4 

  • Technical Theatre and Design 1 

  • Technical Theatre and Design 2 

  • Stage Design and Production 1 

  • Stage Design and Production 2 

  • Dance 1 

  • Dance 2 

  • Dance 3 

  • Dance 4 

  • Voice 1 

  • Voice 2 

  • Voice 3 

  • Voice 4 





Visual Arts 


  • Intermediate Orchestra 

  • Advanced Orchestra 

  • Symphonic Orchestra 1 

  • Symphonic Orchestra 2 

  • Intermediate Band 

  • Advanced Band 

  • Jazz Band 1 

  • Jazz Band 2 

  • Studio Art 1 

  • Studio Art 2 

  • Studio Art 3 

  • Studio Art 4 or AP Studio Art 2-D 

Denzel Washington School of the Arts Production Calendar

Date Time Event
10/13/2022 6:00 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Thursday-Saturday: 6:00 p.m
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

A Solider's Play
11/18/2022 6:00 p.m. Mount Vernon's Got Talent
12/21/2022 6:00 p.m. Winter Showcase
02/02/2023 6:00 p.m. Black History Month Celebration
03/16/2023 Orchestra: 6:00 p.m.
Band: 7:00 p.m.
Music Concert
03/30/2023 MS: 6:00 p.m.
HS: 7:00 p.m.
Dance Concert
04/12/2023 MS: 6:00 p.m.
HS: 7:00 p.m.
Theatre Showcase
04/26/2023 MS: 6:00 p.m.
HS: 7:00 p.m.
Visual Arts Show
05/18-05/21/2023 Thursday-Friday: 7:00 p.m
Saturday-Sunday: 3:00 p.m.
The Little Mermaid
06/16/2023 10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Juneteenth Celebration

Contact Info

Dr. Satish Jagnandan
Director of STEAM