Viewing art as a form of worship, art at Central concerns itself with truth, goodness, and beauty in order to advance God's glory.  Through art class, students are given a place to identify their talents and gifts through responding to God's world. From the framework of Creation-Fall-Redemption-Consummation, our young artists learn to discern the difference between art the way God intended contrasted with the effects of sin on modern expressions of creativity.

Students also learn to appreciate the creative talents of artists in many places, cultures, and time periods.  From projects based on early children's literature to replicating masterpieces of Egyptian art and The Renaissance, students incorporate the key elements of art as they explore a variety of mediums.   Building on the foundations laid in the early years, our older students go beyond traditional materials and explore fiber arts and pottery.

All students enrolled in full-day SK through 6th Grade participate in our art program.



God gave us music so we may pray without words.  Beyond the hymnal, Central students experience various genres including art music, performance, ballet, opera, folk, and spirituals.  Because we are made in God's image, we can create, compose, and respond to His greatness through song.

Powell Hall and the St. Louis Symphony are experienced by first graders each year.  Third graders not only attendan opera, but compose and perform one for parents. Fifth graders study and sing Spirituals in conjunction with their classroom exploration of slavery and the Civil War.  Performing with instruments, bodies, and the voice, our four year-olds through our oldest students grow in musical literacy.

All full-day JK through 6th Grade students attend music classes.

We also give students the opportunity to explore their God-given musical talents beyond the classroom.

The Central Choir, consisting of 3rd through 6th Grade students, meets weekly after school for rehearsal and performs at various events throughout the school year.  From our Barnes and Noble Book Fair to our Admissions Open House to local churches, these worshippers impact their audience every time.

The Central Band is offered to all 4th through 6th Grade students and rehearsas after school twice each week. This introductory program gives students an opportunity to explore and become familiar with playing an instrument in a group setting. The band performs at various events throughout the year.

The school-wide Christmas program is a highlight for our community each year.  Various musical elements are presented centering around God coming to earth in the flesh, bringing the hope of redemption.  From Handel’s “Messiah”, to Gospel music, to hand bells and percussion instruments, our students lead their parents and relatives in a genuine worship service.

All 3rd through 6th graders annually produce our Spring Musical, giving them musical theater experience.  Concepts learned throughout the year are applied during preparation for the show, including reading music, choral singing, vocal techniques, presentation skills, and team work.   All students in these grades sing in the chorus while Summit students (fifth and sixth graders) audition for speaking and solo selections.


Fine Arts Showcase

Our art and music teachers collaborate to co-direct a Fine Arts Showcase near the end of the school year. We transform the Garden Level of our school into an art gallery featuring work from all Senior Kindergarten through 6th grade students. Central's choir and band also performs for the community at large.