Arts & Academics Academy School Profile (May 2010)
That kind of strong personal investment in individual students is characteristic of AAA. "We consider ourselves a community and a family," says Santiago. Teachers know virtually every student by name and are familiar with their strengths and weaknesses as learners.
Senior Hami Bahadori came to AAA from Iran a year ago with "a little English." At AAA, he got interested in photography, learning how to work with the equipment and making contacts with professional photographers. This year, Hami designed the AAA yearbook cover. He has been accepted at the Art Institute of Seattle for next fall.
"All students at the Arts and Academics Academy have something unique to say," says language arts teacher Edith Bishop. "We just help them find a way to express themselves and reach their potential as scholars and citizens."
"We see our school as an opportunity to help kids be successful - and, have an amazing, memorable, meaningful high school experience," says Principal Anderson. "The performing arts experiences are giving students the confidence and tools to go out and be what they want to be. Many are getting opportunities to experience the arts for the first time - and they say, 'Hey, I'm good at this.' That's really satisfying as a leader here."