YOUNG AUDIENCES CHARTER SCHOOL TO HOLD INFORMATION SESSION ON JUNE 27
NOW ENROLLING STUDENTS FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR
Only elementary charter school on the Jefferson Parish Westbank to hold info session at West Bank Regional Library
Enrollment open for Jefferson Parish students entering grades K-3
Visit newly launched website for more information: yacharterschool.org
Young Audiences Charter School: Academic Excellence with an Artistic Edge
Since 1962 the local non-profit organization Young Audiences of Louisiana has led the state of Louisiana in arts education and quality after-school programs. Now, 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, 1407 Virgil St. in Gretna for the 2013-14 school year.
Young Audiences Charter School invites prospective students and families to attend an information session to learn more about the school on Thursday, June 27 at 7pm at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey.
Recent research shows that students at schools with an arts integrated curriculum scored higher on standardized tests and academic measures than those at other types of schools, including academic magnet schools. (PAIR, 2013) Additionally, students highly involved in the arts are more likely to have improved grades, better standardized test scores, and increased class participation.
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.
Enrollment is limited to 388 students. Parents are encouraged to visit our new website www.yacharterschool.org , call (504) 523-3525 or e-mail email@example.com for enrollment information.
Young Audiences has operated after-school programs throughout Jefferson Parish that promote academic excellence and social growth. External evaluations by SEDL (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) have shown that students enrolled in Young Audiences after-school programs in Jefferson Parish schools outperformed their peers on standardized tests. 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 after-school programs. In 2012 Young Audiences of Louisiana employed over 250 trained teaching artists and educators to provide after-school programs for over 2,200 students free-of-charge in the Greater New Orleans area.
CONTACT: Pam Stewart 504.717.1200/ firstname.lastname@example.org