Arts, Communication, and Theater Magnet School (ACTS)
ACTS Magnet Program
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 sixth 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. 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.
"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."