Through an inquiry based curriculum designed around the major content concepts and interdisciplinary themes at each grade level, the Studio School will provide its students with an engaging, “thinking” curriculum. We plan to start with traditional LAUSD curriculum, augmented by authentic work projects that serve to integrate the curriculum and provide arts instruction in the afternoons. Multi age, flexible groupings will be used whenever possible to encourage a culture that allows students to be mentors, leaders and learners.
Arts programming also offers a valuable set of opportunities to engage parents, community members, and other stakeholders in examining students’ work and progress, as well as making clear and public the school’s mission and vision. The arts are at the center of The Studio School and are connected to core themes in the academic content classes. We believe that a quality arts focused education provides a powerful avenue to reach the goals of The Studio School mission. Early adolescence is an especially ripe time to steward the acquisition of our students’ non-cognitive skills and arts education has been proven effective in improving qualities such as self-regulation and resilience, as well as other non-cognitive skills that are associated with personal success.
Assessment provides a critical point of self-reflection about the attainment of learning goals not only for students and their parents, but also for teachers and administrators. Assessment data should drive instruction and serve to motivate and direct students to take on the responsibility for their own learning. The Studio School will use a variety of formative and summative assessment tools to inform the learning community about the mastery of important skills, student growth, and the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and the school curriculum as a whole. Studentswill be assessed in a variety of ways including academic and artistic portfolio presentations, musical and theater performances, teacher created quizzes, LAUSD quarterly assessments and all required state tests.
Social Emotional Learning Framework
At The Studio School, we take our mission to produce graduates who will respond with integrity, discipline, compassion and courage to 21st century challenges seriously. We believe that schools have an important role to play in working with families and communities to raise knowledgeable, happy, caring, contributing children and adolescents and thus, we include a component of Social Emotional Learning as one of our curricular areas. Social Emotional Learning has been defined as the process through which people acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to recognize and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle interpersonal situations effectively.