Florida Department of Education Recognizes Six Brevard Schools For Art Excellence
By Space Coast Daily // July 15, 2015
Brevard Cultural allience news
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education designated six Brevard County schools as 2015 Florida Arts Model Schools.
The new Florida Arts Model Schools program recognizes schools that offer exemplary programs in the arts and partners them with rural/underserved schools desiring to either enhance an emerging arts program or implement a new one.
Schools are selected based on an application process that focuses on six factors: Leadership, Highly Qualified and Effective Arts Teachers, Curriculum, Facilities, Scheduling and Support, Community Connection, and School Culture.
“At BCA, we strongly believe in integrating the arts into K-12 curriculum whenever possible, and using art to enhance the overall learning experience,” said BCA Executive Director Neil Levine.
“Having six out of the 15 Florida Arts Model Schools be in Brevard County is a true testament to the dedication of our local schools to arts education.”
Applications are judged by individuals from the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Art Education Association, the Florida Association for Theatre Education, the Florida Dance Education Organization and arts education professionals.
This year, 15 Florida schools were chosen to receive the FAMS designation, and six of those are located in Brevard County:
• Apollo Elementary School – Music
• Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School – Music
• Longleaf Elementary School – Visual Art
• Satellite High School – Music
• Saturn Elementary School – Music & Visual Art
• Titusville High School – Music
These schools have agreed to be assigned a partner school for the duration of their three-year recognition period to model best practices and provide overall assistance in starting or enhancing arts programs.
“This award is evidence of the hard work, talent, and dedication our teachers, students, and school leaders have demonstrated in music and art, as well as the support they have earned from members of the School Board, parents, and the community,” said Dr. Debra Pace, Brevard Public Schools Interim Superintendent and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources.
“BPS is proud of its tradition of supporting education for the whole child and remains committed to providing a rich, high-quality educational experience for all students.”