Research shows that arts education and integration into the curriculum can lead to cognitive and motivational enhancements in learning. Based on studies of arts-integrated schools, this approach offers inclusive learning opportunities for different types of learners.
Students’ success in the arts is related to the nature of the instruction, which relies on a combination of both verbal and nonverbal teaching. Arts integration taps into students’ visual, kinesthetic, and auditory strengths, engaging them more deeply in learning. Research confirms that students are more motivated to learn through arts-integrated projects that include music, movement, and drama. The International Early Years, Primary and Middle Years Curriculum implemented at our school includes arts-integrated, thematic curriculum units.
To prepare students with the skills required to engage successfully in a globalized world, all students take Spanish and Mandarin language classes beginning in preschool. These classes often include music and movement. In addition to arts-integrated learning in our academic subjects, we promote a well-rounded education that includes the arts as an autonomous part of the curriculum. We provide our students with music, movement, visual arts and drama during the school day and in our extended day programs.