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A+ schools (long)


From: Fields, Linda (fieldsl_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 11 2002 - 08:33:41 PDT

In the past, several people have asked for information on A+ schools (those
with arts driven curricula. Yesterday I received a newsletter from our
school district about our magnet schools, one of which is an A+ school. My
former art supervisor (really a music person) is the principal. Here is what
it says about the school:
        "Parkview is a magnet school that seeks out, nurtures, and
celebrates the best and brightest in every child and combines daily arts
instruction with academic subjects. There are only 35 A+ Cultural Arts
schools in North Carolina-and the only one in Guilford County is Parkview.
        North Carolina's A+ Cultural Arts program is built on the priniciple
that every child learns better if the whole being is engaged-mind, body, and
spirit. That means developing lessons that stimulate and challenge all seven
intelligences-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic,
Musical, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal-which we all have in some degree.
The A+ program also believes the best way to engage the whole child is by
teaching arts every day, along with the schools' core curriculum of reading,
writing, math, science, and social studies.
        The daily arts instruction, makes Parkview an exciting place to
learn and provides teachers multiple opportunities to recognize the special
skills and learning styles of every student.
        All Parkview students get special instruction every week from four
full-time teachers certified in Visual Arts, Music, Drama, and Dance. These
special teachers plan and coordinate activities with all classroom teachers,
kindergarten through fifth grade.
        Parkview teachers have been carefully selected and have received
additional education in (1) developing lesson plans to involve the whole
child, and (2) integrating arts into daily learning experiences and academic

        The article goes on to talk about special afterschool activities and
arts opportunities, and concludes by saying,

        "Parkview prepares students for a continuing interest and
participation in the arts as thry move through school and into their adult
lives. An ongoing study by Guilford County Schools shows that students who
participate in performing arts and athletics at the high school level have
better grades, lower dropout rates, better attendance and fewer discipline

        Website is www.gcsmagnet

Hope this is helpful to some of you. Linda in NC