There are 9 school districts in the state of Virginia with 30,000 or more students. Loudoun is 3rd largest, with over 70,000 students, yet, LOUDOUN IS THE ONLY ONE THAT DOES NOT HAVE ADVANCED PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS PROGRAMS!
In Loudoun, kids who excel in math, science, and technical subjects have multiple opportunities for school-year advanced programs including TJ, AOS, and Monroe Tech. There is no denying that math, science, and technology are important, but while LCPS is investing so heavily in this one group of students, Loudoun's performing and visual arts students have NO school year advanced programs available to them at all!
To ensure that our truly gifted performing and visual arts students also have a chance to develop to their highest potential, earn spots at prestigious universities, and pursue careers in that place where their talents and passions intersect we consulted with the VA Department of Education, LCPS administration, teachers, school board members, and parents and came up with a plan that will allow LCPS to Up the Arts immediately and inexpensively!
Our plan starts THIS FALL with one pilot magnet program in a single arts genre (musical theatre) at an under-capacity high school. Juniors and seniors selected to the program will attend their home schools on 'A' days and the magnet school on 'B' days. Over the next 4 years the arts will grow in Loudoun as multiple magnet programs in more areas of visual and performing arts are added following the same model. In 2018, when the new proposed technology academy opens, an already existing LCPS-owned building will very likely be in need of new occupants. It is our proposal that this old, historic building be repurposed and become the new "Loudoun Academy of the Arts"!
Our Plan to UPtheARTS in LCPS...
Can begin this fall (if we work very hard to convince the school board!)
Utilizes existing resources and is, therefore, very inexpensive.
Takes NO MONEY AWAY from math, science, or any other program!
You can read about our plan in detail on our Facebook page.
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