Academics & Fine Arts

Fine Arts is an Essential Part of our Curriculum

Our students are immersed in rigorous, conservatory basedinstruction in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.  Using the National Core Arts Standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, teachers create individualized curriculum that meets the needs of every student, developing their artistic techniques and performative qualities.  Students engage in classical, contemporary, and personal works and are provided opportunities to perform and/or exhibit their art in class, within the school, and around the Fort Worth community. 

Graduation Requirements

All FWAFA Graduates are expected to graduate with 26 credits, encompassing at least one Endorsement and Distinguished Level of Achievement, and completion of a Capstone Project. Students transferring to FWAFA with previous high school credits and students with Individual Education Plans may meet with the FWAFA High School Counselor to develop an alternative graduation plan if needed. In order to earn a FWAFA Arts & Humanities Endorsement in Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre, students must first receive permission from the corresponding Department Chair and Secondary Counselor to begin the coursework, and then meet specific goals to continue their courses of study each year. Students must choose a minimum of one endorsement, however multiple endorsements may be earned. In accordance with Texas graduation policies, multiple FWAFA Arts & Humanities Endorsements will be considered one Endorsement. In 2020, FWAFA had a 100% graduation rate.

 

The high school program at FWAFA is college preparatory and the coursework has been selected to give our students the greatest number of options in postsecondary education or professional artistic training. Under our present curriculum initiative, all teachers are striving to teach with methods that supply an arts enriched curriculum to our students in all courses. We have five different types of coursework as listed below.

Standard Curriculum

Our Curriculum is developed from Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in order to meet all standards for graduation.

Career Technology Education (CTE) Curriculum

Career Technology Education (CTE) Curriculum is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions.

Pre-AP and Honors Curriculum

FWAFA’s Pre-AP and Honors Curriculum is developed from the TEKS and taught on a college preparatory level and considered advanced coursework by many colleges and universities.

Advanced Placement Curriculum

Our AP Curriculum is developed from a combination of the TEKS and the required content for each specific Advanced Placement course as determined by College Board, the governing board for Advanced Placement (AP). AP is considered advanced coursework by most colleges and universities and students may earn college credit pending the results of their testing and policies of their chosen university.

Our teachers are required to attend additional training and teach curriculum that is approved by College Board. This helps us hold our students accountable to the TEKS & nationally developed curriculum that allows them to take exams to potentially earn college credits. This sets them up for success after graduation

Dual Enrollment Curriculum

Dual Enrollment Curriculum is coursework taken through a college or university that meets graduation requirements for Texas. Students may earn high school credit, as well as credit through the college or university. The transfer of credits is determined by the receiving university.

Featured Student (Camryn W.)

Camryn W. is a beacon of light and talent at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Camryn has been a student at FWAFA since 6th grade when a friend in theater told her, “You have to come to my school. You’d love it!” Camryn says she loved performing and singing but she didn’t even know there were schools where she could seriously pursue her passions. “I have always loved musical theater but when I began to doubt that it was for me a FWAFA teacher really revived my love for it. I love the faculty here and it’s hard to imagine what kind of performer I’d be without their training and support. It is because of the guidance and encouragement I’ve received at FWAFA that I am pursuing a future in musical theater.”

FWAFA Coursework Overview

3rd-6th Grades

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th-12th Grades

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

PE

Dance

Music

Theatre

Visual Arts

English

Math/Pre-Algebra

Science

Social Studies

PE

Humanities

FA Elective

FA Elective

English

Pre-Algebra/Algebra I

Science

Social Studies

Principles of IT

French/Spanish I

FA Elective

FA Elective

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

PE Credit Course *

French/Spanish II*

FA Elective FA & Other Electives(s)

*After students have completed their credits for PE and Languages Other Than English, they will complete additional elective credits of their choice each year, following their graduation plans.