An independent day school located in Marblehead, serving pre-k through grade 8

Upper School Arts Program

What Is Unique About the Arts Program in the Upper School? 

Seventh and eighth grade students transition from our traditional studio and art history program to  experience an in-depth, specialized study of their choice of several art forms. Students learn art history, skill building and self-expression.

Arts Course Offerings at Tower

Each trimetster, students select one art course for in-depth study. Recent offerings include: textile design, tapestry, meditation, glass mosaics, world cuisine, jazz band, hand bells, cartooning, programming, digital photography, sculpting with clay, architecture, art history, guitar building, drawing and print making, stop-motion animation, long board skateboard building, and portraiture.

Guitar Building as an Example 

Students begin with a rectangular wood blank and template, and create a guitar of their own based on the popular Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster designs. Students use hand and power tools such as the band saw, drill press, rasps, files, and hand-sanders. 

By the end of the trimester, students have transformed their wood blank into a finely-crafted guitar.

Guitars are personalized based on the student’s choice of wood for the body, dye or stain color, and hardware. To complete the course, students assemble their guitars and learn the set up for optimal performance. 

The project exposes young guitar builders to the history of the instrument, the math behind the fret placement and how scales are calculated, as well as the science of the instrument’s magnetic pickup system and controls.

To learn more about Tower School, please contact Reagan Kenwell, our Director of Admission, or complete a brief inquiry form to request a brochure or schedule a tour. 












  • 75 West Shore Drive
  • Marblehead, MA 01945
  • Phone: 781.631.5800
  • Fax: 781.631.2292

Tower students are articulate, self-motivated, confident learners who engage in their academic success, develop strong leadership skills, and create opportunities to contribute meaningfully in their communities and the world.




Tower’s teachers champion the value of excellence in elementary education. They’re accomplished at creating a delicate balance – in which a positive process for learning stands alongside a curriculum designed to challenge each and every student. The result? Tower’s students are engaged, confident learners, eager to reach for extraordinary academic success.




Experience the atmosphere and excitement of a busy school day at Tower. Tour our campus, visit classrooms and meet our teachers. Contact Reagan Kenwell, our Director of Admission, at




We challenge students to attain personal levels of achievement—on the field and off.

Through Tower’s Athletic Program, students experience the intrinsic benefits of physical activity; the correlation between hard work and personal improvement; and the value of good sportsmanship. Participation is expected of all students. Improved skills for each player are a priority.




Tower's innovative program and modern facility depend upon contributions from our community members.




Join us for an awesome Summer at Tower! Gain coding skills in our technology lab, create work in our art studios  that reflects your personal style, build and command your own robot, sharpen your filmmaking and editing skills, improve your basketball game, gain an appreciation for the outdoors, learn to swim...and make lasting friendships at Summer at Tower!




Welcome to My Tower.

We've included information most often referenced by Tower community members. Here, you’ll gain quick access to Veracross, download forms and permission slips, and discover ways to participate in our vibrant community through the TSPA.



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