Clubs/Fine Arts

Arts Education at TPS: Expanding Horizons

Arts education is an essential part of a well-rounded learning experience. It provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life. In addition to academic and social-emotional benefits, arts education can also help students to develop their cultural literacy and appreciation for the arts.

A number of recent studies have shown that arts education can have a positive impact on student achievement in all areas of school. For example, a study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that students who participate in arts education are more likely to graduate from high school. They are also more likely to be civically engaged as adults.

During the 2022-2023 school year, TPS offered 21 different arts courses. Some of the courses offered can be seen in the list below. Courses vary by building.

Art History





Drawing and Painting

K-8 Music

K-12 Visual Art

Instrumental Music

Music Appreciation

Music Theory

Photography and Film Making

Photography and Film Making



Studio Art 

Theatre Arts

Vocal/Choral Music

TPS values arts education and provides more fine arts courses than any district in Lucas County. TPS is tied for third in comparison to the Urban 8 and the list of the largest districts in Ohio. See how TPS ranks below:

Comparison of Fine Arts Courses Offered
TPS Charts
TPS Compared to Ohio's Ten Largest 

While the largest district in Ohio were at one time the districts classified by the Ohio Department of Education as "urban", areas in the state surrounding Columbus and Cincinnati have experienced unprecedented growth. Now, suburban districts outside of Columbus like Olentangy Local Schools, Dublin, Hilliard, and South-Western City as well as Lakota Local in Bulter County, outside Cincinnati are close in size to Toledo Public Schools. The ten largest district comparison can also be found in this section. Districts are listed in the chart in size order from largest (Columbus City) to smallest (Hilliard City).

Enrollment data from Ohio Department of Education, 2022 Student Enrollment Counts.


TPS Choir and Band Perform at 'Expanding Pathways to Better Futures'

Luncheon Benefiting the United Negro College Fund


In May 2023, an estimated 500 people attended Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz Second Annual Luncheon to benefit the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). In addition to hearing from Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, the audience enjoyed performances by the Rogers High School Ensemble Choir and the Scott High School Marching Band.


UNCF seeks to increase educational opportunities for minority students and increase the educated workforce pipeline in our nation. The luncheon brought together Toledo area business, civic and education leaders to support UNCF and provide students with the support they need to get to and through college.


As a result, more than $100,000 was raised by the Toledo community for UNCF scholarships! TPS is proud that students and staff were able to take part in this important event.


TPS Coir at UNCF 

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TPS Students Recognized at Ninth Congressional District High School Art Competition

Four students were recognized at the Ninth Congressional District High School Art competition. Awards were selected by a jury composed of art educators, local artists, and representatives from institutions sponsoring awards. The goal of this program is to honor artistic excellence demonstrated by area high school students. Students had their artwork displayed and were honored at the Awards Ceremony on March 12, 2023, at the Toledo Museum of Art. 

  • Ana Gonzalez, Bowsher Student: Grade 11, received the Art to Market Award for a work titled, Moody. Teacher: Amy Martinek

  • Chris Parker, Bowsher Student, Grade 12, received honorable mention for a work titled, Dark Coke. Teacher: Jim Foos

  • Iyana Arnold, Rogers Student: Grade 11, received honorable mention for a work titled, Let’s Cross Over (The Bridge). Teacher, Ann TenEyck

  • Omar Jones, Bowsher Student: Grade 10, received The Spengler Nathanson Award for a work titled, Break of Day.  Teacher: Amy Martinek


Ninth Congressional District CompetitionAQna Gonzalez