The Arts Academy of Excellence is a tuition-free charter school located in Opa-locka, Florida, operating in Miami-Dade County under the authority of The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida.
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Charter schools allow teachers and principals to respond immediately and accurately to specific educational needs within a community. Charter schools offer complete site-based decision-making. Charter schools provide full contractual and budgetary autonomy. In providing a choice in educational options, charter schools stimulate competition to raise the standard for all students.
The Arts Academy of Excellence is the only 6-12 Arts Academy Charter in North Dade. Its focus is to provide instruction and learning activities in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices and state standards. Although focusing on academic courses in the areas of Mathematics; Science; English and Language Arts; and Social Science, students will enroll in courses designed to offer opportunities for imaginative and rigorous engagement with the arts and specific disciplines such as design, visual arts, dance, music, and theatre.
The Mission of the Arts Academy of Excellence is to provide a highly effective, rigorous, engaging educational program and experience that ensure student achievement in all core content areas while enabling students an opportunity to realize their maximum potential through the study and exploration of the arts.
The Arts Academy of Excellence will be designed into small communities of practice based on the student’s area of interest and study in the arts. Students’ assignment and enrollment in these small learning communities will help to ensure that they receive personalized attention in their area of interest and study, while supporting a multidisciplinary approach in which teachers collaborate, communicate, plan, and work together. Teachers from core content areas and the arts will come together to review and discuss data, teaching and learning strategies, activities, and assessments of student learning and growth. The curricula will be enhanced by innovative, research-based instructional methods which will complement the student’s specific learning style and interests, and will include project-based instruction, digital instructional tools, cooperative and collaborative learning, self-directed learning, as well as direct and differentiated instruction.
The Arts Academy of Excellence is a MANDATORY uniform school. Students must wear black or teal polo uniform shirts bearing the School logo. Students are allowed to wear khaki-colored bottoms ONLY! This includes skirts, knee length shorts, capris, long pants and skorts. All shirts must be tucked, and pants and shorts must be worn with a black belt. Students are only permitted to wear black closed-toe shoes.
Applications are located on the School website at artsacademynorth.org. Also, applications, transfer forms, and enrollment documents can be requested at the School.
All students must apply, audition, and enroll in the Arts Academy of Excellence. The Arts Academy of Excellence is accepting students in grades 6-9 for 2017-2018. Students in grades 6-10 will be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year, and students in grades 6-11 for the 2019-2020 school year.
Parental “investment” in a student’s education is crucial to student success, as well as to the advancement of the School’s mission and vision. Parental involvement agreements will encourage parents to contribute volunteer hours to ensure their active participation in their child’s education. Parents will receive and sign a parent handbook that outlines the responsibilities they have for their child’s learning and behavior at school and at home. Parental involvement will also be encouraged through the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and other school commitments. Home-based volunteer projects will be available to parents who are unable to volunteer on-site due to work or family constraints.
Charter schools are evaluated and assigned a school grade using the same standards and criteria as traditional public schools.
Charter schools must participate in the state assessment system. They must meet middle grades promotion and state graduation requirements. They must achieve locally negotiated student performance goals. Finally, charter schools must meet any other specified requirements particular to the state in which the charter is granted.
Every charter school must be evaluated on academic progress and the outcomes agreed upon in the school's binding contract. In addition, individual schools are evaluated and assigned a school grade using the same standards and criteria as traditional public schools, under the A+ Plan for Education.