• Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual & Performing Arts in Charleston County School District

    CCSD strives to provide Visual & Performing Arts opportunities for every student in areas of their Arts interests 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, and Piano, 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 in the community

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

    Our Services

    Artistically Gifted & Talented Program

    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. 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

    November 4, 2020:

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

    December 18, 2020:

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


    February 5, 2020:

    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.


    February 27, 2020:

    Adjudication of all submitted auditions takes place. 


    March 22-27, 2020:

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





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


    Students who wish to be identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented 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 include:

    • SMAART Summer Program
    • District Orchestra
    • Charleston Children’s Chorus
    • District Visual Art Club (coming in 2021)
    • District Drama Club (coming in 2021)
    • District Dance Club (coming in 2021)
    • District Jazz Band (coming in 2021)

    SMAART Summer Program

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to current health restrictions and academic calendar changes, we may not be able to hold SMAART in the summer of 2021. More information will be provided as determinations are made closer to that time.


    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 Artistically Gifted & Talented through the nomination process described above in order to be eligible to register for the SMAART Program. 

    Limited transportation is available for this program.

    SMAART Registration for Artistically Gifted & Talented identified students will be communicated at a later time.


    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 May and once in August. For more information about auditioning for District Orchestra, please contact our office at (843) 937-6423.


    Charleston Children’s Chorus

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to current health restrictions, we are currently not holding Charleston Children's Chorus rehearsals. More information will be provided as determinations are made to restart this program when it is deemed safe to do so. 


    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.


    Contact Us

    Cynthia Rawls, Technician II

    Visual & Performing Arts


    (843) 937-6423