“In the beginning, God created…” This is how the written story of man begins, with God as Creator. God has imagination beyond our comprehension, but a slice of it can be seen in the world around us. He is a creative Being. Later in Genesis, we are told that God created men and women in His image, in His likeness, and for His glory. Part of that likeness is God given creativity. At WCA, we strive to develop the imagination and bringing God glory through the arts.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn – shout for joy before the LORD, the King.Psalm 98:4-6 NIV Music class and choir at Westside Christian Academy seek to develop a deep understanding and appreciation for music in all its various facets. During their studies at Westside Christian Academy, students will develop a solid musical foundation from which they will have the platform to dive into any musical opportunities they encounter. Integration of music theory, a general understanding of music history, practical skill application, rhythm development, and proper vocal technique are many of the facets incorporated into the music program at Westside Christian Academy. Also, there are various performance opportunities for students such as chapels, our Christmas program, and the spring musical. Overall, our mission is to instill in our students a general desire to love and understand music as it glorifies our great God!
Art is an enjoyable time each week where students explore and learn about art through the beauty of God’s creation. The goal of the art program is to develop skills and gain artistic confidence while exploring elements and principles of art. Typically, we integrate classroom studies (history, literature, science) and a biblical world view (God’s perspective) in our projects.Students participate in various art contests and exhibitions. For example, in 2011 two WCA students participated in an exchange program with students from Ireland to celebrate the bicentennial of the City of Westlake. Their works were selected to be on display in Tralee, Ireland, Westlake’s sister city.
While we do not, at this point, have a year-long drama program, ALL students in K-12* participate in a spring musical. Our older students take the lead roles and various leadership responsibilities with the younger ones. This event is a family and community affair to which we all look forward. Drama is also typically part of our Christmas program. Throughout the year, children make small presentations in the classrooms and in weekly chapel that helps them to become confident and competent presenting to others.
*Our high school program began with the 2015-16 school year with a 9/10 combination. Over the next three years, we will become a 7-12 Upper School.