The mission of the visual and performing arts department at San Juan Hills High School is to give all students an encounter of the creative experience through the mediums of visual arts, theater arts, music, and dance. The creative experience is the personal interaction that one has while creating, critically analyzing, and performing art. Students will encounter these art forms on several different levels as defined through the California State Framework including, but not limited to artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing. All students of varying artistic aptitude and prior experience will receive quality instruction at the appropriate level, with a focus of challenging them to reach a greater level of artistry. Students who have the aptitude and desire to pursue any of these areas as a profession will be given the full opportunity through quality instruction and a variety of course offerings for them to reach their goal. However, the primary focus will be to bring the creative experience to all students of San Juan Hills High School through every artistic medium to the end result that all students bring a ‘creative spirit’ and critical analysis to all of their life challenges.