Board Policy KEB is presented for revision and Administrative Regulation KEB-R(1) is being presented for adoption to create a comprehensive District-wide policy related to fundraising. The complexities of opening a high school including development of a master schedule, hiring over eighty staff, athletic coordination, and building strong elective programs like arts and music is a significant body of work. Students who are placed on a waiting list will be notified when space becomes available in their arts area and grade.
DSA is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts in a culturally diverse, academically challenging environment. I think there are people out there who insist that you must do this and that might influence the process at other schools. No matter how skillful you are as a carpenter, you won’t succeed as an industrial arts teacher if you can’t teach woodworking skills to others.
I obviously think UVA is a wonderful home for all kinds of students with a wide range of interests, but I know you’re considering other schools that can provide exciting opportunities as well. The community of the art school offers professional practices, peer support and critical feedback, preparing candidates for the wider arts community both as artists and workers in the wider fields of arts and culture.
For those of you who were involved in the field in 2007, you’ll remember that he put his name to the Prospectus for Arts & Health which was jointly developed by the Department of Health and Arts Council England. Renowned contemporary artist Professor Michael Parekowhai (Ngati Whakarongo) from Elam School of Fine Arts has wowed audiences with his outstanding artworks for decades.
Many schools allow students to have more control over course selection as they advance. The Nashville School of the Arts is a specialty high school serving talented arts students from across the school district. I get that there are schools out there that are using interest right now, but we don’t expect or desire students to tell us where UVA is on their list of colleges.