We believe that students achieve the greatest results when they have the freedom to discover and explore their creative interests.
Our students will participate in a robust arts program and a rigorous academic experience that is mutually supportive in developing students’ self-confidence, creative expression, critical thinking, and communication skills.
We will provide an innovative educational experience utilizing the arts as a vehicle for investigation, problem solving and multi-modal learning. While working in the arts, students are uniquely called upon to envision and set goals, determine methods to reach those goals, re-vision and re-work original ideas, work collaboratively, and develop self-discipline. WSA students will participate in weekly pull-out classes in the four primary arts areas: art, music, theatre, and dance. These classes will follow the North Carolina Arts Education Essential Standards, while also ensuring that students develop a meaningful knowledge base of the impact and importance of the arts socially, historically and multi-culturally beyond just the production and performance of art.
The education plan for WSA includes curricula that have been independently evaluated for alignment to rigorous college and career-ready standards that improve and deepen student learning. This includes the use of Wit and Wisdom for literacy and Zearn for mathematics. The provided lesson plans for these curricula will allow more time for teachers to identify opportunities to use the arts to extend students’ mastery of the content, and support them in creatively expressing their understanding.