Some exciting news from our local school district - Western Placer Unified
A committee of district and community members has developed a plan that
requires the arts be included in core curriculum. ALL students, K-12, will
study four basic arts components - dance, music, drama and visual arts. The
instruction in the elementary grades will be leading up to the REQUIRED
courses in middle school and high school. The arts will now be treated as
any other academic discipline. The basic components of the plan begin with
the new school year in August.
In K-5 grades, teachers will be trained and given materials and will teach
art as a specific academic subject - just like the three Rs; and there will
also be plenty of hands-on creative time for the kids as well.
At the middle school, all students will be required to complete an arts
fundamentals class. High school students will also be required to complete
an arts fundamentals class. Additional arts elective classes will be added
at the middle school and high school levels, and eventually, the plan calls
for high school students to complete an arts class in addition to the
fundamentals class. The district has committed to this plan of increasing
arts education and is budgeting accordingly.
This took a lot of time and 'lobbying' of administration and board of
trustees to get to this point, but as you can see - the hard work of a few
people from within the district, as well as a few from the community has led
to great results!