Central Academy of the Arts

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Central Elementary School is set to transform in Central Academy of the Arts in fall 2018!

Central Academy of the Arts will use an arts-infused and arts-integrated curriculum based on The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Model with a focus on visual, performing, and visual arts.

CAA will phase in its arts-integrated curriculum over five years. Year one will feature core-subject teachers co-teaching units with related arts teachers. By year five, teachers will be able to integrate arts standards and core-subject standards to be taught together. In addition to specialized classes in Art, Music, Dance, Media, Technology, and Physical Education, students in grades 3-5 will choose a “major” to hone their skills based on their own interests and talents. Proposed majors include Band, Sketching, Pottery, Broadcasting, Digital Design, Tap Dancing, Drum Fit, and more.

CAA is also working in conjunction with R.C. Edwards Middle School to develop an elementary band program unique to the School District of Pickens County. Students will begin instrumental instruction in kindergarten, leading up to basic woodwind and brass instruction in 4th and 5th grade. Each grade level will also host two local, state, or nationally-recognized artists as artists-in-residence each year who will specialize in an arts-infused event. Also, CAA will be the only elementary school in SDPC to have a full dance studio equipped with springboard floors and mirrors.

Students who live in the Central Elementary School zone are automatically approved to attend CAA, and are eligible to receive bus transportation. The school also encourages students outside the Central zone to attend on school choice. The district does not provide transportation for students attending outside the school’s zone. If the number of school choice applications exceed school capacity, the school district will use a lottery system to determine admission. The application period for students to school choice into CAA will run from January 16 until February 23. The school will begin to notify applicants about acceptance on March 9.

The school will also hold several informational meetings:

  • January 8 for families already zoned for Central. Families of students in grades K-2 are encouraged to attend the 5:30-6:00 p.m. session; families of rising 3rd-5th grade students are encouraged to attend the 6:15-6:45 p.m. session.
  • January 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., families who are not zoned for Central are encouraged to attend.
  • February 5 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., families who could not attend the other two meetings are encouraged to attend.

Click here to see the PowerPoint Presentation from the informational meetings!