LOS ANGELES (Jan. 25, 2017) — In response to the growing student and parent demand for high quality arts instruction in LAUSD schools, the Arts Education Branch (AEB) has created the first-ever LAUSD Arts Program booklet, a comprehensive guide detailing all K-12 arts programs in theatre, film, dance, visual arts, media, instrumental, and vocal/general music provided by highly qualified certificated arts teachers in each local and board region throughout the District.
The Arts Programs Booklet also shares elementary schools participating in the Creative Network pilot where all students in identified schools that had little or no arts now have on a rotating wheel nine weeks of arts instruction in every arts discipline, as well as arts integration teachers for K-2 students.
“Our goal is to provide excellence in the arts in a vertically aligned fashion,” said Rory Pullens, Executive Director of Arts Education. “If we are providing certain arts disciplines in our elementary schools, then those same arts disciplines should be available for students to continue their training in secondary school. Students deserve more than one choice of the arts.”
The LAUSD Arts Programs booklet highlights 162 schools who were acknowledged as Highly Rated Arts Programs based on scoring in the top quartile in the Arts Equity Index, a measurement of student access to the arts through an assessment lens of multiple factors including Title I, English Language Learners, foster youth and arts resources.
The AEB will be administering its Arts Equity Index 2.0 in February 2017 to provide an even more accurate accounting of arts growth in each school. The importance of a robust arts program in L.A. Unified has been echoed by each School Board member and Superintendent Michelle King.
Research shows that students engaged in a comprehensive arts program have better school attendance, graduation rates, critical thinking skills, among other benefits. Since some families are already planning for the 2017-18 school year, having access to this vital arts information will continue to aid choices for families looking for schools that are committed to servicing the whole child, including through the arts.
The LAUSD Arts Program booklets are being made available at each school’s Parent Center, through counselors, arts teachers, school administrators, and can be found online on the AEB website at http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/11399.