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Visual and Performing Arts and World Languages Department

Kathryn Andrews

Visual and Performing Arts and World Languages Department Head



Program Overview

Richmond Public Schools offers a plethora of opportunities and experiences through the arts in the areas of Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Theatre. RPS students will participate in music and art starting in elementary school and will have the opportunity to continue throughout their educational career. We believe that all of our students are talented and we cherish the opportunity to explore, expand and enhance their talents through our offered genres. 


The vision of Richmond Public Schools' Fine Arts department is to reinforce skills of analysis, creative choice, critical thinking, and communication for students through engaging experiences and opportunities.  Through offerings in dance, theatre, music and visual arts, the culture of artistic excellence reinforces the essential skills needed to be academically successful and life-ready. 


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    Instructional Vision


    • The instructional vision of Richmond Public Schools’ World Languages is to develop and enhance linguistic skills and a global perspective of other cultures in the studied target language. Students will achieve language proficiency and cultural awareness through the four essential areas: effective communication, enhanced cultural understanding, expanded access to information, and increased global perspective. 








Communicate in the target language during every learning block and improve their understanding of and ability to communicate in the English language by comparing and contrasting another language with their own.


Encourage student ownership in communicating and enhancing cultural perspectives in the target language.

Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

Provide meaningful connections to other content areas in the target language by exposing students to culturally authentic materials.

Interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share the information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.

Facilitate communication in the target language (at least 80%) during the learning environment.

Gain awareness and appreciation of other cultural perspectives through the learning and exposure of multiple cultures and countries.

Provide significant levels of meaningful communication, interactive feedback, and resources in the target language in order for students to develop language and cultural proficiency. 

Connect with other content areas through language study, which enables them to understand the interrelationships. 

Assess students in a variety of methods to ensure learning is occurring in the target language through formative and summative assessments, project-based learning, and quarterly oral, speaking and writing samples from each student.

Respond to and contribute to their communities and to the world in a more informed and effective manner as a result of the global perspective gained in a world language class.