A+ Schools Program
ArtSpace Charter School is part of the A+ Schools Program at the North Carolina Arts Council. As an A+ School, we integrate the arts into all subjects, and students are exposed to all of the art forms (drama, dance, music, visual arts and creative writing).
The A+ Schools Program is a whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning in all subjects. A+ Schools combine interdisciplinary teaching and daily arts instruction, offering children opportunities to develop creative, innovative ways of thinking, learning and showing what they know. In A+ Schools, teaching the state’s mandated curriculum involves a collaborative, many-disciplined approach, with the arts continuously woven into every aspect of a child’s learning.
For more information, visit: http://aplus-schools.ncdcr.gov.
What is A+?
How are the arts used in A+ Schools?
In A+ Schools, arts education is approached in three ways:
- Arts Integration – bringing together arts and non-arts objectives to create hands-on, experiential, connected and meaningful learning experiences.
- Arts Education – developing an understanding and comfort in the elements, principles, history, processes and works of each art form.
- Arts Exposure – creating opportunities for students and staff to experience artistic works, performances and careers both in the school and in the community.
What does all this mean in the classroom?
Our Board and staff are excited about the partnership between ArtSpace and North Carolina A+ Schools. Nationally, A+ Schools programs are the largest, longest-running, and most successful arts-based whole-school reform effort in our country. The NC A+ Schools Program is a network of forty-one schools, which view the arts as fundamental for teaching and learning.
Since 1995, the A+ Schools Program has been using the arts as a catalyst for creating connections and making schools engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable places to teach and learn. Being a part of this network gives ArtSpace access to top quality, innovative “best practices” in arts-integrated education.
Unsurprisingly, two ArtSpace staff are currently A+ Fellows (Mr. Steve and Ms. Meg). The A+ Schools Program has been recognized for its excellence by several US presidents and by British education reformer Sir Ken Robinson. This alliance brings ArtSpace one step closer to its vision of being “a national benchmark in educational excellence through the integration of the arts.”
For more information on the A+ Schools Program, visit these links:
To read about a presentation to the National Endowment for the Arts, made by A+ programs in NC, OK, and AR, visit:
For more information on the A+ Schools Program, please contact:
Michelle Mazan Burrows, Director