Teachers and parents planning arts-focused school

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A new teacher-led Rochester elementary school will offer an arts-rich curriculum emphasizing active learning in long school days and provide a seamless transition to the School of the Arts — if it can get off the ground.

Vision Quest Community School exists now in draft plans created by a coalition of parents and teachers, many from School 54. Their proposal is essentially a K-6 SOTA, a visual and performing arts magnet school located in the 19th Ward and utilizing a curriculum developed by its own teachers.

There would be peer tutoring, independent research projects, many field trips and culturally-responsive curriculum. According to a draft proposal, students would learn to paint with 11 different types of paint with four different types of tools on six different surfaces, among other artistic opportunities.

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