Since 1962 the local nonprofit organization Young Audiences of Louisiana has led the state of Louisiana in arts education and quality after-school programs. Our arts-integrated curriculum reflects recent research from the arts education field that provides significant evidence of the value of the arts in the learning process. Research shows that students highly involved in the arts are more likely to have improved grades, better standardized test scores, and lower dropout rates. Additionally, arts education develops valuable skills for the workplace such as creativity, organization and collaboration. Most importantly, the arts are a defining feature of culture; helping students to understand their own identities and providing a window into other historic and contemporary cultures.
Young Audiences has operated after-school programs throughout Jefferson Parish that promote academic excellence and social growth for more than 40 years. External evaluations by the Louisiana Department of Education have shown that students enrolled in Young Audiences programs in Jefferson Parish schools outperformed their peers on standardized tests. In addition, students in these programs showed fewer disciplinary reports and increased school attendance.
Young Audiences of Louisiana is an affiliate of the National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network, which includes 32 affiliates across the country. Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton uses the best of our network's proven curriculum to provide students with rigorous and engaging academic experiences.
To accomplish its mission, Young Audiences Charter School faculty and staff will deliver a completely arts-integrated curriculum supported by project-based teaching and learning, authentic assessments, individualized instruction and regular opportunities for both teacher and student collaboration.
Teamwork, Discipline, Creativity and Passion
Arts Integration combines the arts with the learning of core academic subjects. It supports educational achievement and improved student behavior by giving children both a "springboard" and a "safety net" for learning. The arts allow students to be more engaged in education-focusing on each child's abilities and interests to provide support in academic achievement. The arts also provide increased opportunities for parental involvement in school, a key component to education.
Young Audiences Charter School will provide a rigorous academic program with a strong focus on the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum and Common Core State Standards. These academic requirements will be integrated with the five art disciplines (Literary Arts, Music, Dance/Movement, Drama and Visual Art) to provide students with additional learning opportunities and multiple ways to understand academic content.