What is Arts Integration?


How we apply arts integration!

Gate City Charter School for the Arts uses an arts-integrated curriculum to develop dynamic, effective learning opportunities which inspire student excellence in academics and the arts and promote social/emotional growth. Through a variety of pathways, our students cultivate the knowledge, creativity, and inquisitive nature which will foster a life-long love of learning. We use arts integration in every classroom 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). 

Excellence Through Robust, Consistent Curriculum

Our ELA curriculum is informed by Common Core State Standards for ELA and delivered primarily through Fundations, Wit & Wisdom, and Writer’s Workshop. Our math curriculum is framed around Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and implemented through the Savvas Realize program. Our science curriculum uses Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) supported with Mystery Science in grades K-5 and Kesler Science in our middle school. 


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies serve as the core of our social studies and humanities programs. 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.

Did you know?


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.