Tagged “Arts”

Enthusiastic Students Reach for New Opportunities

Tejeda Middle School, San Antonio, Texas

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has added Tejeda Middle School to its list of Texas Schools to Watch. Located in San Antonio, Texas, Tejeda provides a range of creative opportunities for its students, including a symphonic band and a glee club. Cecil Floyd, executive director of Texas Schools to Watch, commended Tejeda students for their commitment to excellence and their enthusiasm for their school and learning. Tejeda joins three other Texas schools to be given the award for 2013.

Creative Outlets Help Shape Active Minds

Lopez Middle School, San Antonio, Texas

Lopez Middle School joins top schools across the state and the nation as it receives the designation of a Texas School to Watch from whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The San Antonio, Texas, school is notable for its extensive, creative outlets for students, including a student choir and other fine arts groups. Principal Barry Lanford cites student engagement—a standard at Lopez—as key to the school’s success and ongoing achievements.

An Individualized Education Rich in Academics

St. Louis Charter School, St. Louis, M.O.
 

Comprehensive character education has been a part of St. Louis Charter School’s mission since its inception 11 years ago: “To provide children with an individualized education rich in academics and character.” All classrooms emphasize core values. According to school board member Lynn Yearwood, the values are so embedded in the school that “[t]hey are even woven into board meetings.” St. Louis Charter staff work hard to create community among their students—who come from different parts of the city and from different backgrounds—and to celebrate their differences. Student work and art are everywhere, even on attractively painted ceiling tiles. Staff members monitor data closely and plan program changes in response. The school also uses its data to help individual students improve. St. Louis Charter does an outstanding job of providing professional development opportunities for the entire staff to help them meet the needs of their students.
 

High School Shows Strength in Unity

Balga Senior High School, Balga, Western Australia

Balga Senior High School is located in a northern suburb of Perth, a metropolitan area that is culturally diverse. The school has strong pastoral care programs that address the social and emotional needs of students. The school motto, "Strength in Unity," implies that cooperation is the key to providing a happy and pleasant environment in which all can strive for excellence in their educational pursuits.

Recognized as a MindMatters School in 2011 by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, staff at Balga Senior High School are a vibrant and active team committed to ensuring that all students feel safe in a supportive environment and that the students' social, emotional, and physical needs are met. The school is a leader in connecting with the local community and has built relationships with many community organizations, including The Smith Family, North Migrant Resource Centre, and the Youth on Health Festival, Western Australia's largest youth performing and visual arts festival. Students participate in the festival annually. Student spirit groups provide practical opportunities for student voice in school thinking and activities and promote tolerance of differences through extra-curricular activities.

From Kindergarteners to Pre-Service Teachers, Flourishing Learning Community Serves All Students

University of Wyoming Lab School, Laramie, Wyo.

Located on the University of Wyoming (UW) campus, the University of Wyoming Lab School serves as a hub for innovative, research-based education for its students, as well as those in the UW Teacher Education Program. With more than 400 preservice teachers completing observations and practicum experiences in the classrooms, UW Lab School is not only providing a rich educational experience for its K–9 student population, but also for future teachers.

Engaged and meaningful learning is a critical part of the curriculum at UW Lab School, and teachers believe that students are fully capable of self-directed learning and independent research. From weekly art, music, and physical education classes to research-based mathematics and integrated literacy coursework, students develop well-rounded knowledge and an awareness of multicultural issues.

Collaboration with the UW Department of Anthropology has given students the chance to apply classroom content to real-world experiences as they participate in a National History Channel Save Our History Project that involves analyzing excavation data, exploring cultural and economic implications related to identified artifacts, and helping to create an exhibit.

The high level of achievement at UW Lab School is indicative of the flourishing learning community and the school's commitment to providing the best education experience for every student.

Underserved Students Realize Dreams of College

Bronx Preparatory Charter School, Bronx, N.Y.

Bronx Preparatory Charter School in New York prepares underserved middle and high school students for higher education, civic involvement, and lifelong success by holding high expectations and providing a caring, structured environment.

The school's 700 students in grades 5–12 spend 50 percent more time in school than their peers in traditional public schools, and school heavily emphasizes math and literacy. Middle school students attend up to two hours each in math and English daily and are introduced to high school-level content in 8th grade. During the 11th and 12th grades, students can take college-level courses.

College is integrated into every aspect at Bronx Prep, with rooms named after colleges and universities and teachers constantly referring to students' future higher education. Consistent science, social studies, physical education, and artistic block scheduling provide a well-rounded education. Middle and high school students spend one hour a day, four days a week participating in classes such as piano, violin, dance, and drama. One hundred percent of the school's first three high school graduating classes were admitted to four-year colleges.

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