Four LA County Schools Recognized for Exemplary Arts Ed Programs

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 9:05am

CA distinguished schoolFour schools in Los Angeles County were among thirteen recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for "exemplary arts programs" serving middle and high school students.

Warren High (Downey USD), Renaissance Arts Academy (LAUSD), Hart High (Wm. S. Hart HSD), and South Point Middle School (Walnut Valley USD) were all selected for recognition by the state from within the California Distinguished Schools program.  Each of the selected schools commit time and resources to broad-based arts education programs that strengthen students' creativity and encourage their personal interests.

Warren High received positive mentions in other award categories as well, taking home recognitions for "Physical Activity and Nutrition" programs and "Career Technical Education" programs as well.  Norwalk-La Mirada USD's Arlie F. Hutchinson Middle School also received recognition for its physical activity and nutrition program as well.  All told, Los Angeles County is home to seven of the nineteen award winners, more than any other county in California.

Los Angeles County had the largest number of schools selected for the honor and was in fact one of just counties with multiple award recipients.  Two Orange County schools also received honors through this program.

Schools selected for the Exemplary Arts distinction have demonstrated school and community support for standards-based arts programs across multiple disciplines.  These programs have made a significant impact on school culture and academic success.  The Exemplary Arts Award is a direct result of a collaboration between the California Department of Education and CREATE CA, a state wide coalition of agencies and organizations working to further arts education in California.

Los Angeles County is home to Arts for All, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's program to develop arts education policies and plans in every Los Angeles County school district.  Currently, 54 of 88 districts have participated in the Arts for All program with five new districts entering the process annually.