For the Students
Our educational model comprehensively includes academics, arts, and entrepreneurship. Students are afforded the liberty to gain skillful knowledge and experience in these areas. Our primary in-school disciplines include ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Dance, Theatre, Visual/Media Arts, Music, and Business. World Changers School of the Arts provides opportunities that expose our students to various types of cultural experiences.
Academics are one of our school’s principal foundations. Students are required to maintain a 2.7 G.P.A. Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science are required courses. We follow the Indiana State Standards for education, and high school students will be responsible for adhering to the Core 40 graduation guidelines. For students needing assistance with meeting this criterion, we have additional resources available to help them reach their academic goals such as peer-to-peer tutoring and one-on-one and/or group tutoring sessions led by administrators.
At WCSA, we aspire to remove the traditional method of memorizing information for the sole purpose of achieving high scores on standardized tests, and focus instead on pedagogical practices that promote creativity and innovation, all while making the learning environment fun and exciting. Our educators support incorporating the arts and entrepreneurial skills into the everyday learning process by using methods which will engage all learning styles. We are confident that both the arts and entrepreneurial components of our curriculum will enhance our academic program.
It is our goal for students to leave our program having built a strong foundation within the areas of academics, arts, and entrepreneurship. In addition to academics, students have the opportunity to explore art forms such as dance, music, visual/media arts, drama/theatre, audio visual, music/video production (recording studio), broadcasting, creative writing, graphic design, photography, and culinary arts (some classes will be launched as part of the after-school program). It is our hope to develop and cultivate a passion for the arts in each child we connect with. The arts teach students to think critically and to creatively seek solutions to problems both academically and socially.
Arts-Focused Classes Include:
Theatre/Drama/Acting/Improv – Students will focus on the fundamentals of performing, interpreting scripts, monologues, and the study and development of characters (body language and the relationship between emotion and text). They will learn stage presence and gain the ability to be comfortable in front of an audience. The students will also learn the history, foundation, and terminology of each style of acting.
Dance – Students will learn beginning dance techniques in a fun but structured environment. We will focus on ballet, modern, contemporary, liturgical, and hip hop dance styles. They will also learn the history, foundational movements, and terminology of each dance style.
Music (Vocals/Instrumental/Recording Studio) –
Vocal - Students will learn beginning vocal techniques (pitch, tone, range, reading music, etc.). They will also develop the skills to participate in a choir. Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of genres of music.
Instrumental - Students will participate in group keyboarding lessons. They will learn the skills of reading music, harmony, listening, chord building, etc. Students will also learn the history, foundation, and terminology of the keyboard.
Visual Arts – Students will learn various visual arts forms such as painting, drawing, and graphic design.
Set Design – Students will learn the basics of set design. They will use their creativity to design sets for school performances. Students will learn to collaborate with one another to transform vision into reality.
Students learn basic entrepreneurial skills. They will have hands-on opportunities to develop and operate arts-focused businesses. Students learn the art of synergy by respecting and valuing one another’s differences, while capitalizing on individual strengths. In addition, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will be provided opportunities for internships. Students will leave our school equipped to make a much-needed contribution to society.
Students are assessed at the end of each semester during the Public Exhibition. The Exhibition will include displayed work from all three focal areas.
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