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Expanded Fine Arts


Research has overwhelmingly shown time and again that when students participate in the arts, they perform better in nearly all other areas of school — including Reading, Math, and Language — all while reducing the number of students who drop out of high school and increasing daily student attendance.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to expand the arts is that our students and families want these opportunities in our schools. 

After listening to and learning from our students and their families last December, our team has been busy developing the programming requested, with a slew of new programs coming to our schools in the fall. Exactly what will this look like?

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS | Grades K-5 | Beginning in the fall, our youngest learners will benefit from a rotation of 5 itinerant classes, including:

MUSIC | Students will be engaged in choir, instruments, and theater experiences. Instruments will emphasize Percussion Grades K-2; Recorders Grade 3; Ukuleles Grade 4; Piano/Keyboard Grade 5.

ART | At the request of our students, students will be engaged in more painting and ceramics during art class.

DANCE | Students will have a comprehensive dance experience that builds year-over-year, emphasizing creative processes and dances and cultures of the world.

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY | Our students will engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, helping them to become creative and collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | Gym classes will continue to be offered.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS | Grades 6-8 | Beginning in the fall, all middle schoolers will be able to take two music, art, and dance classes, with the following updates:

MUSIC | All students will be exposed to band and choir, with theater integrated into their lessons.

ART | At the request of our students, students will be engaged in more painting and ceramics during art class.

DANCE | Students will have a comprehensive dance experience that builds year-over-year, emphasizing creative processes and dances and cultures of the world.

All students will also have the opportunity to take exploratory courses in SPANISH, HEALTH, PROJECT LEAD THE WAY, and FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA.

 

HIGH SCHOOL | Grade 9-12 | In addition to current course offerings, students will have access to additional arts pathways, such as:

DIGITAL ART | Preparing students for careers in graphic design, communications, and similar pathways.

DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION | Students will gain experience using recording technology to produce music and audio used on websites, television shows, movies, and videogames

DANCE | Students will have a comprehensive dance experience that builds year-over-year, emphasizing creative processes and dances and cultures of the world.

 

As you can imagine, we’re pretty excited about all the new opportunities we’ll have for your students when they return on August 17 — we hope your kids are too.

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