What is Arts Integration?
Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary and the Netherlands.
Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they are proven to improve academics.
Gate City Charter School for the Arts uses an arts-integrated curriculum to develop academics, the arts, and social/emotional growth for our students into pathways to the knowledge, creativity, and inquisitive nature which will foster a life-long love of learning.
Our ELA curriculum is informed by Common Core State Standards for ELA, enhanced by Fundations, Fountas & Pinnell, Words Their Way, Wit & Wisdom, and Writer’s Workshop. Our math curriculum is informed by Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, enhanced by enVision Math, Prodigy Math, and Moby Max. Our science curriculum uses Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) supported with Mystery Science, Kesler Science, and FOSS Science resources.
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies provide a framework for our social studies program. National Core Arts Standards guide our art and music curriculum, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards guide our technology instruction. “Responsive Classroom” and “Choose Love” are key elements of our social/emotional curriculum. We use arts integration throughout our school as "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.
Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject and meets evolving objectives in both." (JFK Center for the Performing Arts).