• Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual & Performing Arts in Charleston County School District

    CCSD strives to provide Visual & Performing Arts opportunities for every student in their areas of interest in the Visual and Performing Arts through the instruction of highly qualified Arts educators.

    CCSD offers many opportunities for students in the Visual & Performing Arts. Opportunities to participate include Band, Choir, Orchestra, General Music, Piano, Guitar, Steel Drums, Visual Art, Dance, and Drama. 

    Students not only learn about the Arts but also participate in performances and showcases both within their schools, as well as within the community and beyond.

    We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments in the Arts as they continue to be a part of award-winning Visual & Performing Arts programs.

    Our emphasis in the Visual & Performing Arts Department is on building awareness of the tremendous impact the Arts have on the many children and young adults we serve. Our teachers use the College and Career Ready Standards for South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts to guide their instruction. 

    Artistically Gifted & Talented Program

    As part of the opportunities we offer in the Arts for students, we administer the Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) nomination, adjudication, and notification process for students in grades 3 through 7. 

    Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) Process Timeline

    September 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM:

    The nomination window opens. Please see the nomination form HERE. Students may be nominated for evaluation in music, dance, drama, and visual art.

    November 1, 2021 at 12:00 Noon:

    The nomination window closes. We cannot accept any more nominations after this date.

    December 1, 2021 at 12:00 Noon:

    Deadline for recorded auditions and student questionnaires to be submitted. Auditions are recorded by arts area teachers, and submitted to the Visual & Performing Arts Department. Student questionnaires will be available from your child’s arts area teacher. For specific questions about auditions, please contact your child’s arts area teacher.

    January 3-16, 2022:

    Adjudication of all submitted auditions takes place. 

    February 21-25, 2022:

    Notification letters will be mailed to parents with results of audition adjudications.

    March 14, 2022 at 5:00 AM:

    Summer SMAART Registration Opens (pending). 

    April 29, 2022 at 12:00 Noon:

    Summer SMAART Registration Closes






    If desired, students may audition for up to two art areas per school year.

    Students who wish to be identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented (GTR) in a different arts area must go through the nomination process in the new arts area in which they wish to be identified.

    Students who are identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented through this process will be sent invitations to participate in District Artistically Gifted and Talented Programs. Students who have been previously identified in an arts area do not need to be nominated again. 

    Distinct Artistically Gifted & Talented Programs offered during the school year include:

    • District Orchestra
    • Charleston Children’s Chorus
    • District Visual Art Club 
    • District Drama Club 
    • District Dance Club

    Information about these various opportunities will be sent out in early September to already identified Gifted & Talented Artistic students and parents.

    District Orchestra

    Students in CCSD schools have the opportunity to audition and become a part of our District Orchestra program. Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to audition for the various levels of orchestras:

    • Preparatory Orchestra
    • Intermezzo Orchestra
    • Honors Orchestra

    Auditions for District Orchestra are held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Strings teachers at all of our schools will share information with parents and students regarding signing up for District Orchestra at the appropriate times. For more information about auditioning for District Orchestra, please contact our office at (843) 937-6423.

    Charleston Children’s Chorus

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Charleston Children’s Chorus is scheduled to resume in January 2022. More information will become available as the time draws closer to begin.

    Students in CCSD schools in grades 4 through 9 have the opportunity to audition for the Charleston Children’s Chorus. The Charleston Children’s Chorus is an auditioned group of unchanged voices. For more information about auditions for the Charleston Children’s Chorus, please contact our office at (843) 937-6474.

    District Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) Clubs

    New in the 2020-2021 school year, our District Visual Art Club, Dance Club, and Drama Club are semester-long after school programs. Club offerings, dates, and locations vary depending on availability of teachers as well as student interest. Information about these clubs and registration forms are shared with eligible parents and students in the fall and winter prior to the beginning of each club. 

    For more information about our District GTR Clubs, please contact the Visual & Performing Arts Office.

    SMAART Summer Program

    The SMAART Program is a three-week intensive program that takes place during the summer. Students can register for various Arts courses of their interest. Past course options have included Orchestra, Chorus, Visual Art, Playwriting & Acting, Choreography and Dance, Music Studio/Music Composition, Digital Graphic Design, and Steel Drums. The SMAART experience culminates in a day of performances where students showcase their work.

    Important Note: Students must be identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) through the nomination process described above in order to be eligible to register for the SMAART Program. 

    Students who have been identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) are not automatically enrolled in summer SMAART. Each student must reapply to attend the summer program when the registration form becomes available in early March. Space is limited, and is filled on a first come, first served basis.

    Limited transportation is available for this program. Students needing transportation may indicate so on the registration form.

    Summer SMAART information and registration for Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR)  identified students will be communicated in late February specifically to those who have been identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR).

    For more information about the summer SMAART program, please contact the Visual & Performing Arts Office.

    Contact Us

    Cynthia Rawls, Technician II

    Visual & Performing Arts


    (843) 937-6423