These are kids who want to be here. It is not an easy school to get into, and if grades are not maintained or poor behavior is exhibited a student is asked to leave. All the students know there are 10 others waiting in the wings for his/her spot. Students accept each other for who they are. You won't find your traditional groups: jocks/cheerleaders, etc. While sports are great at this school, they aren't what determines who is "cool" and who isn't.
Teachers really care about the students. They push them, (I have had teachers convince my child to take AP classes.....it turned out great, A in class and 4 on AP exam) yet when they see a student is stressed they talk to him individually and put things in perspective. This school has a handful of teachers who are committed to these students and are willing to go so far above and beyond job requirements. It is amazing!
This is an exemplary specialty school in the region. We are newly relocated from a top-notch suburban district and this particular school rivals and in some areas exceeds that of our previous high school. The teachers are very focused, dedicated and really want to be there with the students. Great role models. The class size is significantly smaller which makes for an easier experience for the students. The only criticism I have is the overall quality of the building. This school is consistently rated in the top 10 Georgia high schools and yet the paint is peeling, the windows broken and the overall aesthetic presence of the building does not match what such a quality school deserves. The district should invest in building improvement.
If you stay I touch with the Intermezzo - the principal will review the changes with the School Council at the December or January meetings. This is exactly what parents have been asking for and he will hopefully deliver with good news. We are also excited to see how SAA and Garrison ate collaborating more and more.
just saw Legally Blonde at Savannah Arts. it was really slow, the actors shouted all their lines and the singing was off key. the girls were shrill and the boys were precious. what has happened to the school?
We disagree, quite a bit of Legally Blonde was on key. Yeah, LB has all the depth of TMZ, but Sav Arts has decided to go for empty calories rather than quality. We don't want to go through another Sav Arts re-admissions audition, so we're going to interview at Saint Andrews and go to a quality program instead.
Some parents reviews seem upset. It's true that the administration doesn't care at all about acting, but that's just the way it is. Replacing the acting kids chance to shine with yet another fluffy musical is a slap in the face to students who want to act, but they'll just have to deal with it. Honestly, we're all here really to avoid the other public schools anyway, the arts thing is just a blind. The administration's treatment of the acting program this year has totally turned my son off acting which I personally think is great. The last thing I want is for him to try an acting career (I don't want him to throw his life away as a waiter). Anything that SAA does to disillusion and discourage him from acting is fine by me. As for the rumor they're going to make nonmusical theater kids leave the school, I asked a mom in the know and she said it's not for sure yet.
If there are students who want to act why don't they get a faculty advisor and start an acting or theatre club? They could do a bunch of challenging short bare-bones plays, something besides the usual SAA pablum. The music students do concerts all the time, shouldn't the theatre students be doing plays all the time? You know, actually acting? I don't mean the Thespian Society, which has its own mission as an honor/leadership society (and about as much to do with real acting as the FBLA).
Word is going around that apparently the Theater major is being replaced by a Musical Theater major starting 2015. Vocal majors who wish to can transfer to this program. Current Theater majors will have to pass a vocal audition in Spring 2015, or they will need to return to their home high schools.
Good school, but unlike most fine arts high schools, it does not have separate Musical Theater and Theater majors. (You can see complaints about this below.) They really should have two different programs, because they're two different skill sets, two different learning curves, and two different performance vehicles. Now that the school has shifted over to be completely Musical Theater, a separate Theater track needs to be created if Savannah Arts is seriously trying to present itself as a comprehensive fine arts high school.