A local non-profit organization that offers arts education and after-school programs is taking a major step forward: Young Audiences is launching an arts-integrated charter school! Principal Folwell Dunbar came on Good Morning New Orleans to tell – and show! – us all about it!
YOUNG AUDIENCES CHARTER SCHOOL TO OPEN AT KATE MIDDLETON CAMPUS IN FALL OF 2013, THE ONLY ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL ON THE JEFFERSON PARISH WESTBANK
Enrollment Now Open for Jefferson Parish Students Entering Grades K-3
Since 1962 the local non-profit organization Young Audiences of Louisiana has led the state of Louisiana in arts education and quality after-school programs. Now, thanks to the actions of the Jefferson Parish School Board, the non-profit will launch a new open-enrollment, arts-integrated charter school at the Kate Middleton Campus in Gretna for the 2013-14 school year.
Young Audiences Executive Director Rickie Nutik said, “After six years of providing deep academic instruction and arts integration for students in Jefferson Parish, Young Audiences has developed the capacity to establish a school that will emphasize academic excellence and use research-based Young Audiences arts-integration programs to engage students and support teaching and learning.”
Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton will open its doors in August to any Jefferson Parish student entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Students must reside in Jefferson Parish. Each following academic year, the school will add one grade to serve students in grades K-8 by Fall, 2018.
Young Audiences has operated after-school programs throughout Jefferson Parish that promote academic excellence and social growth. External evaluations by SEDL (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) have shown that students enrolled in Young Audiences after-school programs in Jefferson Parish schools outperformed their peers on standardized tests. In addition, students in these programs showed fewer disciplinary reports and increased school attendance.
Parent Testimonial Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngP7wK7f6H8
Video that includes interviews with teachers, artists, and students: http://vimeo.com/21320876