This school choice program provides artistically talented students with an academically challenging arts integrated curriculum. ACTS offers students an opportunity to develop their academic skills in an environment which enhances their artistic talents and interests.
ACTS is available for fifth through eighth grade students contingent upon enrollment and availability. Students who applied for the limited slots in the ACTS program were required to complete an application, collect letters of recommendation, provide writing samples, be individually interviewed by the selection committee, and provide an arts portfolio for review.
A coordinator and specially selected GT endorsed teachers were hired to instruct the students selected for the magnet program. Academic classes in the ACTS magnet program combine a variety of resources, curricula, and approaches. English/ Language Arts classes use the curriculum from the College of William and Mary's Center for Gifted Education while math classes incorporate the Navigator curriculum. An interdisciplinary, arts integrated approach is necessary to achieve the balance between the arts and academic curricula.
Not only are the teachers at ACTS certified in their particular academic or arts area, but they are also committed to ongoing professional development in Arts Integration. Through collaboration with the Peace Center, the teachers attend numerous sessions where they are instructed by the teaching artists who come from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Using the techniques learned in these sessions, ACTS teachers engage students in creative learning experiences. Teachers strive to make natural and significant connections between educational standards and art forms. Academic and fine arts teachers collaborate to infuse dance, drama, music, and visual arts into their lessons, supporting both the arts and academic disciplines. Science and math lessons are reinforced through music and movement while ELA and social studies provide a complementary connection with drama and visual arts.
I’m fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others. That’s all you can do; take what you’ve been given and spread it around.
~ Denzel Washington
One can have no smaller
or greater mastery than
mastery of oneself.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
Greenwood School District 50 is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. It is the policy of the District not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Please contact the Office of Human Resources or the Office of Administration at 864-941-5400 if you have questions.