1-3 GRADERS FOR START OF 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR
Only elementary charter school on the Jefferson Parish Westbank
Enrollment now open: yacharterschool.org
Since 1962 the local non-profit organization Young Audiences of Louisiana as led
in arts education and quality after-school programs. Thanks to the actions of the Jefferson Parish School Board, the non-profit will launch a new open-enrollment, arts-integrated charter school at the Kate Middleton Campus at 1407 Virgil Street in Gretna for the 2013-14 school year.
Slated to open with 388 students, the school still have openings for first to third grades, said Chief Executive Officer Pam Stewart. Kindergarten enrollment is full. She says parents will find high quality instructors and programming at the new charter school.
Young Audiences Executive Director Rickie Nutik said, “After six years of providing deep academic instruction and arts integration for students in Jefferson Parish, Young Audiences has developed the capacity to establish a school that will emphasize academic excellence and use research-based Young Audiences arts-integration programs to engage students and support teaching and learning.”
Research shows that students highly involved in the arts are more likely to have improved grades, better standardized test scores, and lower dropout rates.
Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton will open its doors in August to any Jefferson Parish student entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Students must reside in Jefferson Parish. Each following academic year, the school will add one grade to serve students in grades K-8 by Fall, 2018.
Parents are encouraged to visit www.yacharterschool.org , call (504) 569-5698 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for enrollment information.
Young Audiences has operated after-school programs throughout Jefferson Parish that promote academic excellence and social growth. Students enrolled in Young Audiences after-school programs in Jefferson Parish schools outperformed their peers on standardized tests, independent analysis shows. In addition, students in these programs showed fewer disciplinary reports and increased school attendance.
Parent Testimonial Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngP7wK7f6H8
Video that includes interviews with teachers, artists, and students: http://vimeo.com/21320876
Young Audiences of Louisiana was founded in 1962 with the mission to inspire, empower, and connect children and communities through education, arts, and culture. Over the last 51 years the organization has grown from presenting school performances of chamber music to our current position as the states largest provider of arts-integrated and afterschool programs. In 2012 Young Audiences of Louisiana employed over 250 trained teaching artists and educators to provide afterschool programs for over 2,200 students free-of-charge in the Greater New Orleans area.
CONTACT: Pam Stewart 504.717.1200 email@example.com