Empowering Learning Experience
The Art of Using Art
Curriculum and Programs
The traditional educational model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare students for a life of learning and success. RWSAS’s teaching philosophy combines strategies proven to benefit children and improve learning, including learning by doing, artful thinking, and excellence in teaching.
Learning through the arts enlivens instruction, increases student involvement, and deepens both memory and meaning. The arts are infused throughout curricular areas to engage the whole child and provide for various methods of expression.
Our curriculum has 3 main components - The Core, Arts Integration and Immersive Exploration.
We believe that integrating dance, drama, music and visual art into the lives of students will enhance the learning of core subjects.
We believe in teaching to all the learning styles (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) in every lesson.
We believe that students, families, staff members and the community must partner to provide a learning experience that fulfills our mission and produces individuals that:
Inquire – think curiously
Imagine – think beyond
Innovate – think creatively
Inspire – influence excellence in a global society
We believe that arts integration into the curriculum will create academic excellence which in turn will produce critical thinkers who are academically proficient. We believe this curriculum will produce respectful, responsible, and resourceful individuals who contribute actively at school and in the community. We believe that arts education will produce students who are disciplined to work with exceptional skill, possessing qualities of creative problem solving
We believe an integrated arts and technology approach encourages curiosity, open-mindedness, and a willingness to think “outside the box”.
Our Learning Goals:
With specialized teaching and learning processes that integrate the arts into core academics, RWSAS will develop students who are:
Academically proficient and globally informed
Disciplined to work toward a craft with exceptional skill
Creative problem solvers
Respectful, responsible, and resourceful
Students develop core competencies that support them to:
Develop skills to be creative and experience joy from language.
Use numbers to solve complex, real world problems
Collaborate and communicate to acquire, develop and transform ideas and information
Think critically and creatively
Demonstrate positive personal and cultural identity
Demonstrate personal/social awareness and responsibility Understand, plan, monitor, and reflect on their thinking
The Robert Williams School of Arts & Sciences seeks to develop students who possess both fundamental arts and academic knowledge in addition to 21st century skills, including personal and social responsibility, critical thinking and reasoning, as well as communication and interpersonal skills. The traditional model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare students for a life of learning and success. RWSAS’s teaching philosophy combines strategies proven to benefit children and improve learning, including learning by doing, artful thinking, and excellence in teaching. As an approved school system with the WA School Board of Education, RWSAS’s curriculum is aligned with the common core and the Washington State Standards.
Student success, engagement, well being and learning are at the core of our vision. We believe that students thrive in a learning environment in which multiple pathways are available for students' personal exploration, creativity, expression and inquiry.
We value equity, inclusion and diversity. All learners are welcome.
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