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Arts at International High School
Meet Michelle Haner

The Arts are a vibrant, integral part of International High School's community and student life. Student exploration of the Arts ranges from directing one-act plays to making short films, from painting murals to composing music. Every year, our after-school performing arts program (Back à Dos) produces four major shows. There are also concerts, exhibitions, visiting artists and our year-end May Arts Festival.

Meet Artistic Director of Back à Dos, Michelle Haner >>


With a black-box theater, a costume shop and a fully-equipped workshop, our theater program invites students to develop their talents as actors, writers, directors and designers. Every year, our after-school performing arts program (Back à Dos) produces three major shows: the student directed one-act play festival, a full-length faculty directed play, and the spring musical. In addition to performing on stage, students are involved in all aspects of backstage support. Visiting artists from local and national companies help students develop their skills through master classes and workshops.

Fine Arts

The Pavilion offers three large classroom-studio spaces where students work in a variety of media ranging from oil paint to charcoal, from photography to sculpture. Studio hours are held at lunchtime and after school to enable students to work on projects beyond the classroom. In the gallery and other spaces around the Pavilion, students showcase their work year round, and especially during the Winter Art Show and the May Arts Festival. Seniors studying art in the International Baccalaureate program also display their projects in an April art show. See examples of student art on Flickr >>


Music is a vital part of the artistic life of our school. Student musicians perform in events year-round, including the Winter Concert, the Spring Musical, and the May Arts Festival Concert, as well as benefit concerts. Whether working on solo pieces or with student bands, they can take advantage of our practice rooms and recording studio. The school also brings in visiting artists and hosts evening classes, which are often free or at reduced rates for students. Students can sign up to take one-on-one private music lessons after school at the Pavilion. These are taught by skilled, experienced instructors in a variety of instruments.


With state-of-the-art computers, software, cameras, and sound equipment, students write, shoot, and edit their own work in our four-year film program. Student projects include experimental pieces, animation projects, and traditional narrative work. Their films are screened at the May Arts Festival and have also been seen in local film festivals.

International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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