The A+ Schools Program is a whole-school reform model supported by the North Carolina Arts Council that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning. A+ Schools offer children opportunities to develop creative, innovative ways of thinking, learning, and showing what they know.
How are A+ Schools Different?
A+ Schools place an emphasis on the arts as essential to learning. In an A+ School, much of the regular classroom curriculum is taught through arts-integrated instruction. Students may learn math concepts by studying music or reading through a lesson involving the visual arts.
How is Claxton an A+ School?
As an A+ School, Claxton makes special assemblies a priority in order to give all of our students access to diverse arts experiences. Whole school assembilies feature artists like Michael Guggino of the Steep Canyon Rangers and children’s book authors Nick Bruel and Charles Waters.
Claxton faculty strive to introduce students to arts in the community with field trips such as seeing performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf by the Blue Ridge Symphony, The Nutcracker, and performing with artists at LEAF.
Claxton places a strong emphasis on encouraging our students to share their artistic talents. Musicians and singers perform in various school events, both on and off campus. Fourth and fifth grade students appear in the spring musical and students take part in the Storytelling Festival. Visual artists see their work displayed in public spaces throughout the school and community
Claxton consistently receives funding for artists-in-residence in order to tap into talent from our community. Our music, art and drama teachers connect faculty with various opportunities for our students in order to enhance their arts experiences with diverse perspectives. The PTO runs an After School Arts program staffed by local artists and provide scholarships to ensure interested students can participate.