Program Description

This website is dedicated to the ARMES Drama program. Below you will find a basic overview of the ARMES program (visual art, strings, drama, and dance), and specific information on ARMES Drama. For more information about applying, and about the other programs, visit

What is ARMES?

The ARMES program is a tuition-free arts program administered by the Greenville County School District's Fine Arts Center, designed to meet the needs of students in grades 3 through 8 who have demonstrated outstanding talents and a deep interest in theatre, visual arts, strings or dance. The purpose of the program is to allow students to explore their chosen art form in depth while promoting individual creativity.

This after-school program provides arts education taught by professional artists in art, dance, drama and strings.

All ARMES classes are offered at no cost to the student. (However, Strings students will be asked to provide their own instruments) The ARMES program is funded by the South Carolina Educational Improvement Act (EIA) and currently serves approximately 400 students in Greenville County.

Program Objectives

> Allow young students to develop as artists

> Create a stimulating learning environment in which students experience both intellectual and social growth

> Develop behaviors useful in self-directed learning

> Heighten enthusiasm for learning

> Increase knowledge and use of creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

> Foster appreciation for personal abilities

> Encourage the development of aesthetic values

Will A.R.M.E.S. interfere with regular school work?

Classes are taught at a pace and level of complexity appropriate for artistically gifted children with similar abilities and interests. Classes contribute to the development of these children in significant ways, which may include field trips, creative writing, and limited homework. Participation in the ARMES program does not excuse students from their regular school assignments and grade maintenance.

How can a student join this program?

Any interested student must first obtain a nomination form to be completed by a teacher, parent, or self. The student will then be scheduled for an audition in the spring. Nomination forms can be completed online. Nomination process begins in mid-school year for the upcoming year.

Where and when are the classes?

All ARMES classes are held after regular school hours. Students attend classes twice a week for a total of three hours of instruction per week. Drama classes are held at The Sterling School. Visual Arts, Dance and Strings classes are held at the Fine Arts Center.

What is the cost and is transportation provided?

The ARMES program is provided tuition-free; however, funding guidelines do not provide for transportation. It is the family's responsibility to get the student to and from class. We do encourage carpooling and will assist with carpool arrangements if possible.

Where Can I find my child's Greenville County ID number?

The Greenville County ID number is located on your child's report card and progress report. It can also be found on the portal.
Drama is an effective teaching tool that provides students the opportunity to engage simultaneously in creative exploration and expression and structure. Theatre teaches teamwork, responsibility,  self-discipline, and gives a child self-confidence and poise. Public speaking skills are enhanced with every class activity. ARMES Drama students discover that learning is fun and that theatre education positively impacts learning in other subject areas, as well. 

ARMES classes are designed to give creatively gifted students the skills they need to fulfill their dreams. and to enhance their experiences not only as young artists, but as citizens and scholars.


Drama's Instructional Objectives

> Improve communication skills

> Promote self-discipline, poise and self-confidence.

> Develop social and self-awareness.

> Increase knowledge and use of creative problem-solving techniques.

> Encourage awareness of senses, body and emotions.

> Introduce students to classic dramatic literature and to techniques for engaging with literature.

 > Develop appreciation and understanding of history through theatre.

 Acting, movement, voice and theatre history are taught using drama process activities that focus on the individual student's needs. Students expand their communication skills in positive self-development exercises, rehearsal and other ensemble-building practices, and creative writing activities. Technical and design aspects are taught in the context of production, with hands-on, experiential learning which will connect students with their interests, and give them a chance to explore the myriad collaborators  involved in creating theater.