Every child has creativity placed in them, some with the talent of art, others with singing and still others with playing music.
Art at Central Texas Christian School provides an opportunity where students of all levels of ability can feel free to explore and enjoy their own unique God-given creativity. Art class is offered to every student in Elementary, Middle School and High School.
Students are introduced to the elements and principles of art with an emphasis on the hands-on application of the elements. We go from the process to the project. The focus is on creating various types and styles of art projects inspired by various artists to creating original artworks inspired from student’s imagination. Students learn about various artists art appreciation, as well as their contributions to art. Biblical integration is used in the art class. Each year, CTCS High School Art students prepare for the TAPPS Art Competition in Austin, Texas.
CTCS offers beginning band to all Middle School and High School students. We also offer intermediate and advanced classes for those who have completed beginning band. The music department at CTCS strives to encourage the creativity that God has placed in each one of us. Through playing instruments, we enhance right brain creativity and thinking that can be used in all subjects of school.
The CTCS Choral Department provides a diverse program of training in music that reflects historical traditions of choral music, music education, and music ministry leadership. It seeks to broaden each student’s knowledge of music in ways consistent with the Christian worldview. Through daily choral instruction and various concerts throughout the year, the program is designed to challenge all students’ development and use of their artistic talents in both secular and sacred contexts.
The HS Choir was awarded Sweepstakes at the 2019 TAPPS Spring Competition, receiving Superior (I) ratings from all three judges for the stage concert and a Superior (I) rating in the Sight-Reading room.
In the 2018-1019 school year, CTCS placed 2nd amongst all TAPPS 3A Choirs
lion High school choir
The Lion High school Choir is involved in many performances and contests during the year, including TMEA All-Region & All State, TAPPS Concert & Sight-Reading, Solo & Ensemble, Spring and Christmas concerts, chapel performances, Grandparents Day, Veterans Day,
and Pep Rallies.
Students also have the option to participate in one combined Theater/Choral production in the Spring. The Kodaly system of sight-reading is mastered at this level and music theory and history is taught in tandem with the music literature sung.
lion Middle school choir
The Lion Middle School Choir is involved in several performances and selected contests during the year, including TMEA Region Choir, Music Memory, Spring and Christmas concerts, chapel performances, and other varied events.
The Kodaly system of sight-reading is continued at this level, focusing on the development of aesthetic evaluation and music interpretation. A comprehensive music theory program provides the foundation for further music education through daily activities and disciplines.
Lion 6 choir
The Lion 6 Choir is an introduction into the world of choral music and education. The Kodaly system of sight-reading is continued at this level and two-part singing is introduced and refined throughout the year. Students will learn proper vocal technique, elementary aesthetic evaluation, and musical form.
The Lion 6 Choir is involved in Music Memory, Spring and Christmas concerts, chapel performances, and other varied events during the year.
photojournalism and yearbook
Our Photojournalism program consists of students learning the components of a camera, how to take a photograph, how to use Adobe Photoshop to edit images, page layout, and more. They learn how to tell a story through images.
We provide photography for school events such as concerts, theatre programs, Grandparents Day, and Veterans Day. We enjoy capturing images of our students and faculty.
Our main project is the school yearbook. We recognize our hard work captures lifetime memories for our peers. We strive hard to provide a well-rounded yearbook for each school year.
technology and stem
We offer Middle School technology classes and STEM Clubs for both Middle School and High School.
- Fundamentals of computers
- Touch keyboarding
- Google Docs and Slides
- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- How to type resumes and reports
- Christian approach to using the internet and social media
- In Technology II we build upon the skills learned in Technology I.
- Google Sheets
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Access
- Introduction to Coding/3D Printing
We also incorporate STEM projects throughout the year.
We have both Middle School and High School STEM Clubs that meet on Wednesdays during lunch. The students have the opportunity to participate in TSA (Technology Student Association) regional and state competitions. Several of our students qualify to compete on a National level. We also compete at the Texas A&M Spark! Competition.
In 2019, we earned 2nd place in Highest Points award at the TSA State Competition.
Theatre Arts is a performance-based fine art that teaches students how to tell a story that impacts the world around them. Theatre teaches and builds on a student’s empathy, leadership skills, perseverance, and creative thinking while simultaneously providing them a unique opportunity to step into fictional roles. Through the CTCS Theatre Program, students interact in new and unexpected ways, fostering camaraderie and encouraging compassion and understanding for those who are different or misunderstood, a key integration of Christian principles with practical theatrical application.
Intermediate Theatre Arts (Middle School) introduces students to basic performance theory and rudimentary theatrical forms such as monologues, dialogues, small scenes, and stage performance. Advanced Theatre Arts (High School) expounds on these principles and explores additional elements of theatre such as tech work, stagecraft, stage writing, directing, and competitive solo and duet performance. Our students have participated in state TAPPS performance competitions and placed in the top 4 each year.
Additionally, every year the CTCS Theatre Program puts on two full stage performances through the Wandering Lions Theatre Company. These performances involve extra-curricular practices and are staged at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. Our Fall Spotlight Productions and Spring Musical Productions fully immerse students in an acting experience and build important character growth as they strive to perform at the highest level. While traditional theatre programs focus on the glorification of oneself, the Wandering Lions Theatre Company stresses two things: giving glory to God through our efforts, and doing our best to elevate OTHER performers instead of ourselves. We continue to pursue this philosophy of performance and embrace it as our legacy.