Boulder High School is proud to offer the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP). This is an exciting program for students who have a passion for the visual and performing arts to earn an endorsement on their diploma for completing courses in the arts, mentoring with local artists, and making art an integral part of their lives. Colleges, universities, and employers will recognize the creative problem solving, innovative ideas, and collaboration of this select group of emerging student visual and performing artists.
Mission: The mission of the Boulder High School Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP) is to provide a comprehensive education in the visual arts and performing arts, which will enable students to succeed in the diverse global societies of the 21st century.
Rationale: Boulder High School firmly believes that the visual arts and performing arts strengthen cognitive and emotional development as students learn to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers who are globally aware, as well as lifelong advocates for the arts with sophisticated senses of visual literacy. BAFP students acquire a strong appreciation of art and skills to decipher, evaluate, and comprehend meaning in our contemporary world. Visual and performing arts graduates will leave BAFP with a strong portfolio and will be prepared for a career in the visual and/or performing arts. Gifted and talented visual and performing artists will be challenged to develop to their highest potential during their high school years. Current technologies will be utilized to create art. We seek to graduate visual and performing art students in the 21st century who have the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics that will make this world a safer, more thoughtful, and more inclusive place in which to live. Not only the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway students, but also all BHS students will benefit from the increased opportunities of the BAFP.
The overarching goal for the BAFP is to increase the quantity and the quality of learning experiences that enable all students to meet and exceed high standards of achievement by creating, performing, and responding to the arts in the school culture, courses, and extracurricular opportunities. In the process of achieving this broad goal, the subgoals are to
- Provide students with an opportunity to expand and focus their arts education in order to achieve more learning.
- Increase the quality and expertise of course offerings in the visual and performing arts with assistance from counseling, arts teachers, school recruiters, and community businesses.
- Increase community involvement opportunities for art students to “apprentice” with local visual and performing artists.
- Create partnerships among BHS students and staff, arts and cultural organizations, higher education, and other agencies in order to advance our visual arts education program.
- Increase professional development opportunities for arts instructors.
- Increase visual and performing arts opportunities at the local, state, and national levels appropriate for each student’s optimal development in the arts.
Students graduate with a Boulder Arts Focus endorsement on their diploma at several levels. (Students have approximately 70 discretionary credits available during their 4 years at BHS.)
- Arts Novice Focus = 20-30 credits
- Arts Apprentice Focus = 35-50 credits
- Arts Master Focus = 55+ credits
- Renaissance Focus = crossover courses in three or more distinct areas. Minimum: Novice/20 credits to attain Renaissance Focus
Outside of School Opportunities
Students will take part in visual and performing arts opportunities outside of the school day, thereby embedding the arts in their everyday lives. This will be done by completing a minimum number of hours attending arts events, taking lessons, participating in performances, or apprenticing in the arts community with a professional organization or individual artist. Each BAFP student will meet a minimum number of hours, which are as follows:
- Freshman = 5+ hours per semester
- Sophomore = 10+ hours per semester
- Junior = 15+ hours per semester
- Senior = 20+ hours per semester
We encourage upperclassmen to mentor with an artist/arts organization in the community in a career they are interested in. BAFP will match students with an opportunity. Parents will be required to meet with the volunteer, approve the mentorship, and supervise the “apprenticeship.” A teacher and the BAFP coordinator will assist in this opportunity.
Students may apply in any semester.
- Counselors and teachers provide guidance toward courses and timelines to fit in basic requirements and arts credits for graduation. Catalog flow charts, handouts, and personal meetings will be utilized toward this end.
- Students will be able to personalize their arts experience by choosing courses to fit needs and interests.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in BAFP and 2.5 GPA at BHS. If the GPA falls below the minimum, students, parents, counselors, an art teacher, and an administrator will meet to develop a plan for the student. If after a semester of probation, the student fails to improve the overall GPA, a second meeting will be established to assess and possibly remove the student from BAFP, if necessary, each on a case-by-case basis. A school administrator will be in charge of identifying and setting up meetings.