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Visual and Performing Arts

Visual ArtsDr. Denisse A. Santos
Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator

75 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-937-6423 (p)
Denisse_Santos@charleston.k12.sc.us






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

Gifted & Talented Artistic 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, along with organizing the summer SMAART Program.

Important Note: The nomination process for students being identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic and being eligible to participate in our Summer SMAART Program begins on August 25, 2019. Nominations are accepted through November 28, 2019. Notification of the nomination window opening is sent via USPS and via CCSD phone call. Students can be nominated by teachers or parents. A link to the nomination form can be found during the open nomination time on the CCSD Webpage under “Quick Links.”

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 GTR through the nomination process described above in order to be eligible to register for the SMAART Program. The nomination goes from August 25 through November 28, 2019.

Limited transportation is available for this program.

SMAART Registration for GTR identified students begins March 2, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.

SMAART Program Flyer 2020 (Coming Soon)

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.


Charleston Children’s Chorus

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 audition for the Charleston Children’s Chorus, please contact our office.

Contact Us

Sharon Y. Armstrong, Technician II
Visual & Performing Arts
Sharon_Armstrong@charleston.k12.sc.us
(843) 937-6423

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