The Lemont High School Art Department believes students should develop the following characteristics:
Competence in the use of various tools and art media
Appreciation of aesthetic values in productive, critical/evaluative and historical areas of art
Understanding of the basic elements of design and art principles
Understanding of individuality, creativity and capabilities of self
Courses offered within the Art curriculum provide varied experiences in art media, which inspires the development of creativity and challenges students to solve problems and express themselves visually through various media.
Student grades are determined by averaging the letter grades for projects and sketchbooks with letter grades for tests and exams. Letter grades for projects and sketchbooks are subjective, based on how well the student completes the assignment, creative individuality and craftsmanship. Letter grades for tests and exams reflect the student’s knowledge of historical facts and technical terms.
The Lemont High School Music Department believes students should explore their individual musical abilities, satisfy their artistic desires and develop the following characteristics:
Thinking, feeling and acting creatively with music
Respect for music as art and an integral part of life
Appreciation for skilled musical performances from varied styles and from various periods
Knowledge of music resources
Critical analysis regarding the personal worth of music
Knowledge about the influence of music throughout history
Courses offered within the Music curriculum provide various experiences of music observation and appreciation, instruction in techniques and artistry in either playing an instrument or vocal performance, and opportunities for practice and performance.
Student grades provide feedback and encouragement for students involved in any of the department’s programs. The evaluation of students’ efforts and the measurement of their participation should provide opportunities for students to continue to excel in musical studies, performances, or other forms of musical expression. As all students enter the music area’s performance-based courses with a unique baseline ability, growth is strongly favored in grading, while the standards and procedures involved in attainment (performance) are modified in ability-based situations. Music area courses are conducted with the “whole” student in mind; opportunities for leadership, independence, responsibility, time management and social adaptation growth are at the core of curriculum, and in turn, grading. Wherever possible, attainment-based grading falls in line with state and regional level rubrics and performance expectations. While attendance and meaningful participation are part of every course, individual and group growth and achievement also are assigned grades.