Art is a vehicle of the human spirit, and learning to appreciate and participate in art is essential preparation for a vital, well-balanced life. Furthermore, the arts help develop “right-brain” function and encourage “outside-the-box” thinking that is rarely a focus in standard academic classes. For these reasons, the arts are a central component of the Westminster program, and students are encouraged to weave art into the fabric of daily life for the purpose of discovery, self-expression, confidence-building, and life-long enrichment. Classes in Music and Art are included in the weekly schedule for all grades, and every student participates in a Drama production each year. Student talent shows, dance classes and performances, and art and poetry contests are an important part of school life. Annual field trips enhance the students’ learning and appreciation in all areas of the arts.