Sandra Walton, Principal
M.Ed, B.Ed, ECE. UKAPDT
Walk through the doors of ArtsCalibre Academy at 7:30 AM, and you will see the teachers there busily preparing for the day. At 8:45 the doors open to our students, and they all enter beaming in anticipation of what the day holds for them.
But what is beyond those smiles? What is so special about our approach to education – the strong integration of the Arts into our curriculum? Why ArtsCalibre Academy?
The reasons are many, and widely and credibly documented. Years of research demonstrate that Arts education is closely linked to almost everything that we say we want for our children, and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, engagement and equal opportunity. Involvement in the Arts is associated with strong gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills. Arts enriched learning can also dramatically improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.
Why are our children so excited to come to school every day? The intrinsic stimulation and pure pleasure of an Arts enriched experience do more than enhance a child's learning. They connect him or her more deeply to the world, and open them up to new ways of seeing it – creating a foundation for forging strong social bonds and building community.
Combine these benefits with Stephen Covey's "The Leader in Me" Program, the “MindUP” Approach, and elements of so many other effective philosophies and tools that we embrace…and we feel that we truly have a “Win-Win” situation.
When I asked one of our Grade Five students what it is about ArtsCalibre Academy that she likes, she said "We are not taught to our grade, we are taught to our ability and skills. We are encouraged to challenge ourselves in every area." Another student reported “I don’t know…it just feels good.” Simple words – but to me they are profound and reaffirming.
Inspired, and want to know more? Please visit our website for a closer look at our programs, and feel free to contact us any time. I would welcome the opportunity to personally answer any questions you may have.
Principal and Founder