Arts High School’s Middle School Program
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
The goal of the AHS Middle School Program is twofold: (1) to foster arts education in middle school grades and (2) to use research regarding arts education to develop more academically AND artistically inclined students. Success of the program is measured using data from PARCC, performance assessments and academic benchmarks, as well as overall development within a their visual or performing arts classes.