Dear Arts and Academics Academy Community,
We have had a fantastic year at AAA in 2015-16, marked by growth in math achievement, strengthened arts programs, and improved college and career readiness.
Some of the highlights from this year include:
Expanded and strengthened our music program: By hiring a full time music teacher, this allowed for an additional choir class and a guitar class. Our band and choir classes attended regional festivals and the band played at football and basketball games for the first time in many years.
Additional partnerships with community arts organizations: Our students attended two plays on campus, sponsored by Thriving Artists and Latino Theatre Projects, and one off campus at the 5th AVE Theatre. Students also had the opportunity to participate in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s monologue competition. In addition, the Seattle Art Museum hosted nearly 1/3 of our school on field trips and their teaching artists supported our teachers with integrating the arts into their instruction.
Growth in math achievement: Student achievement on the Algebra 1 Highline Benchmark Assessments was an average of 22 percentage points higher on each assessment than it was the previous year.
Increase in students accessing college financial aid: 76% of students completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (FAFSA/WAFSA). This was a 30%increase compared to last year and ensures more of our students have the resources to attend post-secondary programs.
Plans for the 2016-17 school year:
Continued expansion of arts classes: All students on the Evergreen campus will now have access to band and choir. In addition, AAA will begin our own drama class and after school drama program.
Common standards-based grading scale: All teachers will be using the same standards-based grading scale in the classroom and on report cards to provide clarity and consistency for students and families.
Strengthen literacy/language support in all classes: All staff will be implementing common language and literacy strategies to increase students’ reading and writing abilities. This work will be supported by a full time language/literacy specialist on the AAA staff.
Strengthen school culture and increase student voice: Students will partake in classroom meetings in advisory to celebrate one another’s achievements and problem solve any concerns. Each advisory will also have student representatives that meet regularly with the student government and principal to provide feedback on activities and school climate.
We are excited to continue this great work on behalf of our students. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our school. Our partnership between the community, families, students, and staff is critical to ensuring a successful high school experience for each student.
Sincerely, Jacqueline Downey
Arts & Academics Academy