The arts are very much a part of the core curriculum at Waterside, with all students participating in visual arts and music classes twice a week. In addition to these classes, a variety of opportunities are available to students for further exploration and development of their artistic talents. These opportunities include:


  • Waterside Ballet Company
    Under the auspices of the American Ballet Theater’s education and outreach initiative, Waterside uses the award-winning Make a Ballet program. This yearlong program is designed to introduce students not only to basic ballet technique and training, but to all aspects of the creative theatrical experience. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively and to become increasingly aware of the value of physical and artistic expression.


  • Waterside Strings Ensemble sponsored by Project Music, weekly violin lessons and ensemble rehearsals

  • 'Side Notes a 4th and 5th concert band playing jazz, funk and blues featuring trumpets, saxophones, clarinets and flutes

  • Private and semi-private piano lessons

  • Advanced Chorus for 4th and 5th graders

Poetry and Drama

  • Grade Level Dramatic Productions, related to social studies curriculum
  • Annual all-school musical