Arts Integration Schools
Part of the DC Catalyst Project
What is a Catalyst Arts Integration school?
A Catalyst Arts Integration school weaves the arts – movement, dance, visual arts, and other forms – into the classroom curriculum and methods of learning.
How will the experience of students at a Catalyst Arts Integration school be different than if they attended another school?
Integration is the key to these schools. Rather than being limited to a class that students attend a few times a week, the arts are woven into instruction in all subjects. To flourish in an arts integration classroom, a student does not need any particular skill or talent in the arts. The arts are simply used as a tool to engage the whole student – mind and body – in the learning process. In an arts integrated school, students experience the arts as a way of life, as tools for self-expression and communication, as a vehicle for discovering diversity in the world around them, and as an entry point for learning and exploring complex ideas.
What are the benefits of a student attending a Catalyst Arts Integration school?
In order for our students to succeed outside the classroom, they need to be engaged and taught essential academic and life skills inside the classroom. Teaching in a way that engages students through movement, music, and various forms of artistic expression recognizes that students learn in many ways and leads to a deeper level of understanding. Arts integration also provides an avenue for learning valuable skills in confidence, creativity, and collaboration.
School Year 2010 – 2011 Catalyst Arts Integration Schools:
- Ludlow-Taylor Elementary
- Tyler Elementary School
- Sousa Middle School
- Takoma Education Campus
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