Lead through Creativity
Drama and Musical Theater
Participate either on stage or backstage during the annual musical theater productions, and travel to performance festivals. The school’s spring musical is a showcase for your talent, and more than 80 students participate in the production. SJND students have presented a range of shows, including the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. In 2014, SJND's performance of In the Heights placed sixth in the California Musical Theater Honors competition.
Band and Musical Composition
In music, you may travel to perform at festivals as part of our award-winning program. Each spring, our band performs at the annual Jazz Festival at California State University, East Bay, and participate in workshops there with professional musicians. In addition, as a music student you are encouraged from the beginning to compose music and present your compositions at the Winter Arts Festival, as well as in class.
Visual and Literary Arts
As a visual art student, you have the opportunity to exhibit your work at a local gallery and in area exhibitions. Students have exhibited their work at the Oakland Museum of California, at the offices of the Bay Area congressional delegation and at a local exhibit space in Alameda, where we host a gallery-style opening each year.
Prisms magazine, an award-winning arts magazine, provides you with the opportunity to publish poetry, prose, visual art and musical scores. Prisms has won national awards, and its contributors have been published in external publications. The SJND Star Society of Creative Writers (SSCW) includes students who publish in Prisms and also win an outside writing contest or are published in another source. Throughout the year, SSCW hosts activities such as inviting area writers to speak at SJND and conducting a writing contest for middle school students.