Before I was a school principal, I was a science teacher. So, I like data. I like it a lot.
The data tells us that the arts matter. The arts matter a lot:
- a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.
- Researchers detail reductions in disciplinary infractions, improvement in standardized writing scores, and even an increase in compassion.*
At Westinghouse Arts Academy, we live the truth in these numbers every day. Our students thrive in an arts-immersive, creative environment. A typical kid’s weekly schedule includes four or five unique arts classes related to their area of focus. An arts elective in a traditional high school schedule delivers 2-3 hours of arts instruction a week, while our schedule offers between 10-13 hours, while students also complete core academics and graduate ready for college and career.
We recently polled our latest Freshmen class, and they let us know that this model? It’s working.
- 100% of students responding said they’ve grown “a lot” as artists.
- 70% feel they’re challenged “a lot,” and 100% reported being challenged “a little” or “a lot.”
- 89% intend to, or have recommended us to a friend.
For the right student, we’re the perfect fit. When asked about the best thing about our school, we heard the same themes: creative expression, supportive teachers, engaging classes. The response that choked me up, though:
Everything. It literally saved my life.
We’re proud of these results, and hope you’ll be inspired to take a closer look, too.
Looking to join our ranks? Take a closer look at each of our programs, and come to an upcoming event to learn more about us. If one of our programs is a good fit for you we hope to see you at an upcoming evaluation.
Dr. Dana Moreno