• Visual and Performing Arts

  • Registration for Summer SMAART 2024 is now closed. Class confirmations and additional information will be emailed at the beginning of next week.

    If you would like to be put on the waitlist for a Visual Arts class or sign up for one of our available music course/ensemble spots, please CLICK HERE.

  • GoughnourShelly Goughnour, Ed.D.
    Assistant Academic Director

    75 Calhoun Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
    General Questions: 843-937-6423     Gifted & Talented Programs: 843-937-6456


  • Programs

  • Gifted & Talented Identification/Nomination
  • Gifted & Talented After School Programs
  • Summer SMAART Program
  • Department Overview

  • The Visual and Performing Arts Department supports all students in Charleston County Schools by providing opportunities in Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Art. Our mission is to engage all students in the creation of art and our vision is to ensure that all students have equal access to a quality education in the arts. Our highly qualified Arts educators use the College and Career Ready Standards for South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts to guide their instruction and support core curriculum. 

    Using our core values of inspiration, service, advocacy, collaboration, and equity, we work strategically and collaboratively with all stakeholders to support the mission and vision of our district.


    The Instructional Programs (IP) Department enhances high-quality teaching and learning in the Charleston County School District. We work strategically and collaboratively to provide personalized instruction, curricular resources, and digital programs. CCSD Instructional Programs ensure every student has the opportunity to engage in standards-aligned, relevant, strength-based, and impactful educational experiences that will promote college and career readiness. 

    Our IP Team Goals

    • Goal 1 (Awareness/Communication): We have a consistent message of the services that the Instructional Programs Team can offer and ensure equitable access across the district. 

    • Goal 2 (Data): We use comprehensive data to drive all decisions regarding our programs, resources, and supports offered across the district.

    • Goal 3 (Collaboration): We build internal systems and processes that enhance and sustain the collaboration across the system. 

    Our IP Team Commitments

    The Instructional Programs Team is committed to providing equitable opportunities for access to rigorous, appropriate tools to allow students to:

    • Think critically and creatively

    • Collaborate effectively 

    • Compete globally 

    • Advocate for their learning 

    Our IP Core Values

    • Challenge

    • Growth

    • Innovation

    • Integrity

    • Service

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