Henderson County High School has accepted the first students for its new School of Fine Arts that will launch for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Forty-four students have been chosen in four 'pathways' – visual art, theater, voice and instrumental music.
Brian Ettensohn is fine arts coordinator at the high school. He said students had to go through a rigorous admission process.
“We had them, if they were in music, instrumental or voice, we had options that they could choose to perform. In visual art, we had three different drawings that they had to produce and then they could bring in anything above and beyond those three pieces.”
Students who are in 8th or 9th grade this year were eligible to apply. Of the 44 who have been accepted, 22 of the students will be freshmen in the fall and 22 will be sophomores.
Ettensohn says in addition to the specialty classes, the arts perspective will carry over to some other courses.
"We’ll have one core content class that we’re going to try to have students take together, like freshman English. The English teacher that would be teaching it would teach from the focus of an arts-based class.”
The School of Fine Arts Launch in the will function as a program within Henderson County High School.