Local High School

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  1. FriendofSpurgeon

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    Arts Programs in High Schools

    We constantly hear about how arts programs are being cut or under-funded. What arts programs are available in your local high school?
     
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    The Arts

    Our local high school has an amazing number of arts electives. Everything from the standard band and chorus to orchestra (various levels), jazz bands, dance, drama (various levels), backstage/technical arts, and even guitar. For example, my daughter is taking photography this year as an elective.

    I keep hearing how the arts are being under/non-funded throughout the country, but that doesn't seem to be the case where I live. I was wondering what is going on in the rest of the country. Do most high schools have arts programs? If so, how extensive are they?
     
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    Band, Choir, Drama, and Art in High School.

    Band and Art in Middle School.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    That seems pretty limited. The school's size probably makes a big difference too -- the larger the school, the more options are available. Our high school has 3500-3600 kids, so there are a lot electives, clubs, sports, etc.

    How big is the school? Also, don't you teach there too?
     
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    The school has about 800 students in grades 6-12. It is certainly not the largest school in the state, but it isn't real small either. It is one of many schools in the state's second largest school district with lots of tax money. I do teach band there.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    Wow -- 800 combined for 6-12 seems small. But everything, of course, is based upon what one is used to. Our school of 3500 is by no means the largest of the 40+ high schools in the district.

    Given your enrollment, it seems you really can't have any more electives than you do. BTW, how to do you have 6th graders and 12th graders in the same school. Do you have a separate campus for the middle schoolers or are in they in a separate building?

    Lastly, congrats on being a teacher. Usually overworked, underpaid, and looked down upon by many Christian brethren.
     
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    Seperate campuses. Tell me...are you telling me that only schools with thousands of students should have more opportunities?

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    Our local high school has band, choir, and art (taught by a non-certified teacher) Elementary has a strings program that is really neat.


    The private school where I teach offers band, choirs, and drama, but we dont receive any public funding. We are hoping to start a keyboard ensemble and an art program as well.
     
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    No, not saying that's the way it should be, just that it usually works out that way -- simply because of the numbers. Given your size of about 400 students in grades 9-12, I think it would be rather difficult to offer the volume of electives that are available in larger schools. God's best to you in the new school year!
     
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    Our local school with an enrollment of 496 in 9-12, has band, choir, art, welding... probably others, but I'm not sure. However, while other school districts in the state are funding football teams to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars and building new stadiums because football is a good drug intervention program, our program has zero funding and must be paid for by the booster club. Our team is traveling 6,000 miles this year. Our first game was 604 miles away and our third was a several hundred mile flight. Drugs are rampant in our community, but not in the football program, but sports are unimportant!

    On the subject at hand, I have a family member who is an administrator in a large school system in the band department. She has an administrator over her and two levels under her before you even get to the teachers. Yet, when the funds are cut at all, there is howling about how the kids will suffer. But, do they cut administrators? Never. Only teachers. Why do we need administrators for administrators for adminstrators for administrators for teachers?
     

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