Children naturally draw, sing, dance, and perform, and at the Orange School, those interests are assets that help them learn more in every subject. The arts increase motivation and confidence, abstract and critical thinking, identity construction, and problem-solving skills.
Children spend extra hours every week in deep, extended time with local teaching artists. Students also have specially trained core academic teachers who connect those subjects back to the arts to help children understand and apply their new knowledge. Students learn leadership and the advanced thinking skills demanded by tests and selective enrollment high schools.
Students choose their arts education with an arts specialist from four domains of the arts: Music, visual art, dance and movement, and theater and writing. Their arts specialists (not generalists) guide them to choose new classes as their interests and skills grow.
In addition to authentic studio time, students also study at partnering theaters and museums. They exhibit finished work at school-wide special events, and are assessed toward mastery of learning goals. Orange School students practice art with creativity and purpose. We provide structures for deep learning.