Rebecca Kelley

Fri July 25, 2014 10:41am

Springs Charter Schools has launched Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts, a program which incorporates art throughout its core curriculum, for grades TK-8th grade on the campus of Mater Dei Catholic High School.
“By using art as the resource, students will begin to notice their world more deeply and make connections between subject areas and content.  Students will spend time discussing art, making art and applying what they learn across the curriculum,” explained academy Director Philip Parks.  “By fostering the use of imagination through the arts early in a child’s education, we can encourage the innovators of the future.”
The curriculum has been in the development stages over the past five years.  Examples might be painting a postcard to illustrate a vocabulary word, doing a math-poem with a syllabic breakdown or creating a tableau of a historic scene (e.g., Washington crossing the Delaware).
The program begins with the 2014-15 school year.  Parks hopes the academy will begin with an inaugural class of 200, and anticipates steady growth in the following years.  Summer academy open houses have drawn many visitors.  Parks said, “Parents and students alike love the idea of learning through and with the arts.”