Celebrating the importance of the arts.

Through our program, Poly students explore the creative process and develop confidence as they express themselves through visual and performing arts.

Supported by a staff of professional artists, students are inspired to act with imagination, discover their creative voices, and engage deeply with the challenges and joys of the artistic process.

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A vision
for educating
the artist

We feel students with a love for the arts should be provided plenty of opportunities to pursue their talents.

Visual Arts and Performing Arts combine to provide an exciting array of courses — with a commitment to the hands-on, experiential process of art-making — and wide-ranging extracurricular activities, all of which build skills and encourage students to pursue their artistic interests.

An innovative and personal approach to the making of art

Discover how Poly students are finding their creative voices every day.

Poly Prep Advanced Concert Choir in New Orleans

Advanced Concert Choir Shines in NOLA

“They performed beautifully and embraced every new experience."

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Arts Mixed Grid Pippin Alt
Scholastic award winners

Photographers Win Scholastic Art Awards

Click! Poly photographers win Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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Poly On Film
Lower School Carnegie Hall

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Four Lower School students were selected to play at Carnegie Hall Link Up Virtual Concert.

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Art Meets Activism: Michael S. Robinson Garment Wows at Met Gala

Head of Arts Michael Robinson's garment wows viewers at the Met Gala red carpet.

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Poly Arts


Akili Tommasino ’05

Akili Tommasino ’05 studied art history at Harvard and founded the Prep for Prep/Sotheby’s Art Academy in 2017 “to give high school students of color an earlier window into the art world.”

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Heidi Zarou ’86, P’22, ’22

“In the Lower School art studios, every day is a journey, an exploration into new and exciting territories with our youngest learners where creativity, imagination, and energy abound.”


Will Hochman ’10

“I felt like maybe I could become who I imagined myself to be.”

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MaKiyah Turner-Hicks ’24

“I decided to come to Poly because of its amazing extracurriculars. I’m really interested in theater, visual arts, language, and sports, and Poly offers all of them.”

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Sam Turner

“I remember being told I shouldn’t do ballet, I have the wrong body type, skin tone; my mentors taught me to transform those emotions to propel me forward in my art.”


Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ’20

“Being a student at Poly has allowed me to live what I learned. Poly has been my home, my studio, my classroom, and my inspiration.”

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Sonja Lindberg ’16

“I worked more and harder than I ever had in English classes. After a few weeks, I came to love it.

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Laura B. Coppola ’95

“The best part of teaching at Poly is building communities and relationships with students and seeing their understanding of art and its transformative power grow. I hope my students use their knowledge of culture and art in a way that empowers them and gives voice to issues they really care about.”


Rowan McAllister ’15

“Art was always my favorite class, but I’ve found I use my math and engineering skills almost as much…to really connect all the dots of my education.”

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Dance Concert

April 15, 2023 • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

MS and US students display their talents in a number of dance styles

Spring Vocal Music Concert

April 20, 2023 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MS and US vocalists perform in Concert Choir, vocal ensembles, a cappella groups, and more

Spring Instrumental Music Concert and Visual Arts Showcase

April 27, 2023 • 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

MS and US musicians perform in band, string ensembles, jazz band, and more. The visual arts department hosts a reception showcasing student artwork.