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Choice Program(s)

A+ (Arts & Academics)
Mary McArthur

  • Teaching and learning focuses on “how are you smart?” rather than “how smart are you?”
    (Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences)
  • Two-way concept integration between the arts (dance, drama, music, visual arts) and academics
    occurs throughout every day
  • Encourages creativity through hands-on learning experiences
  • Develops partnerships with parents, community, art resources, and higher education to enhance
    learning experiences
  • Ongoing Professional Development for principals and teachers and active participation in the
    NC A+ Schools Program
  • NC A+ Schools are supported by the NC Department of Cultural Resources and has representation
    in the NC Department of Public Instruction
Image of Four Students DancingThe Dance Program is designed to encourage children’s natural enthusiasm for movement. Technique is not emphasized at this level, although   groundwork is laid through the development of kinesthetic awareness and self-management. Students learn to recognize and demonstrate the basic dance elements of time, space, and energy/dynamics. Through the process of exploration, students discover how to utilize these elements to arrive at multiple solutions to creative movement problems. Students create, perform, analyze, and evaluate their work, and begin to understand dance as an art form.


Image of Students Acting in DramaThe Theater Arts Program (Drama) encourages students to explore themselves and their world through creative drama. Students will develop thinking and learning skills by imitating, speaking, moving, creating and sharing. The dramatic process provides students with opportunities to express and understand themselves and others in a positive way. They develop and apply teamwork skills through the creative process. They also explore beginning play-writing, characterization and technical theater. As creative drama activities become more complex and demanding, students are encouraged to concentrate, display creativity and become risk-takers.


Image of Three Students ColoringThe Visual Arts Program begins with the introduction of skills and concepts. The art classroom is an environment that encourages the growth of social skills such as self-reliance, cooperative behavior and courtesy as students share supplies, perform classroom tasks, and make and discuss their work. Eye and hand coordination increases through the manipulation of art media and tools. From creating typically rudimentary forms and using limited linear symbols for objects, students move toward developing a rich and detailed vocabulary of shapes to express thoughts/ideas.


Image of Many Students playing instrumentsThe Music Program is designed to encourage children’s natural enthusiasm for music. Through singing, playing instruments, creating, moving, guided listening, and other experiential involvement; young children discover and develop their musical abilities. Students learn to recognize and demonstrate the basic musical elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, tempo, dynamics, timbre, and form.

Published by Ana Holtzclaw on March 10, 2017
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