While academic excellence is the cornerstone of an Antilles education, this alone cannot be our goal if we are to truly equip our students with the knowledge, skills and qualities that will enable them to be successful in life.
Our goal is to create an educational program that develops the "whole child," and, quite simply, there are things you can teach children through the arts that you can’t teach them any other way.
Art is about seeing, imagining, creating and communicating. It is about students learning to express themselves in many ways – through exploring both visual and performing arts disciplines. The arts provide an important vehicle for creative self-expression. Producing art also involves risk taking – it is not easy to put one’s creativity and imagination out there for the world to see and critique.
It is also our goal to produce students who are comfortable with their own individuality, and who respect each other as individuals, each contributing something unique and valuable to our community.
Individuality, imagination, creativity, self-expression, and a tolerance for risk-taking are qualities prized in cultures that foster entrepreneurship. These are not the hallmarks of every educational system, but they are of the best American schools. Perhaps that is why our society continues to produce a disproportionate share of innovators and entrepreneurs – in the arts, in technology and in business.
We will continue to build a strong arts curriculum. We will also continue to invest in providing our teachers with the tools they need to thread the arts throughout our program. It is an investment that will make a big difference in the lives of our graduates and their communities.