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Fine Arts

 

 Why Are We A Fine Arts Theme School?

To be competitive and succeed in our 21st century global economy, students must master the use of words, images, sounds, and movement to communicate effectively. We believe that the fine arts are crucial to achieving this goal. The arts teach children the skills necessary to succeed in life, including learning to solve problems and make decisions; learning to think creatively; building self-esteem and self-discipline; articulating a vision; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish. The arts reach students not otherwise engaged, uniquely bridging the broad spectrum of learning styles. As a fine arts theme school, Chapel Hill Middle School students will develop a broader perspective of the fine arts and a better understanding of the opportunities and rewards of a possible career in fine arts.


Who are artistically gifted students?

"There is probably more we don't know about artistically gifted students than what we do know. That's because we have a very small body of research and few identification processes and education programs for the artistically gifted. However, a broad definition of artistic giftedness was developed by the U.S. Department of Education in 1972, which identified those students as those "who give evidence of high achievement capability" and "who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities."

This definition is still in effect today in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. What little is known about artistically gifted kids is underscored by the fact that in 1993 the U.S. Department of Education identified artistically gifted children and teens as an underserved population, along with students with disabilities and students whose first language is other than English."