According to LAist, "More than 15,000 high school students in Los Angeles County dropped out of school in the 2016-2017 school year. And while Los Angeles Unified didn't publicly report an official dropout rate, it has been actively working to bring dropouts across the board under 10% by 2020. And the nation's largest school district is now trying a new focus on the arts to keep some struggling students in the classroom. That focus is what makes the Design and Media Arts Academy different from other schools also catering to students who don't make it in the traditional school system. The new academy—a partnership between LAUSD and an arts non-profit called artworxLA—requires eight hours of art classes each week."
"One of main things that I hear when I come here is laughter. I walk into a classroom and I see engagement. I see students who are interested in what they're doing, excited to be exploring," artworxLA former executive director Cynthia Campoy Brophy explained. "I see students who are working collaboratively."
Take a tour of the academy and learn more about the collaboration here.
Published: November 19, 2018