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The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush

Mission Statement:
Our school is based on the belief that the arts provide an unequaled opportunity to foster intellectual growth by connecting arts and literacy. Visual and media literacy skills permeate all subjects at the high school. Reflective teaching and learning will be expected in every classroom, with an emphasis on building a community of learners to be thinkers and creators. The spirit of intellectual curiosity will be encouraged in and through the arts.
Accredidations and Awards:
From 2008 to 2017, students have received awards in these areas: Philadelphia Young Playwrights; One Book/One Philly – Graphic Arts; Young Artists Exhibition; Philadelphia Sketch Club; All-City orchestra and choir
Points of Pride:
Student-centered community; technology integration and habits of mind application; writing across the curriculum; arts integration; diverse student population that celebrates differences and welcomes all points of view
AP Courses:
Calculus AB, English Language & Composition, Physics B
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Biology 2; Chamber Singers; Creative Writing; Environmental Science; Guitar; Honors English; Music Technology; Music Theory; Pre-Calculus
Foreign Languages:
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Students in grades 9-12 take project-driven core courses, as well as electives such as creative writing, guitar, piano, music theory, dance appreciation and chamber singing. Six habits of mind (or core values) frame the curriculum: Imagination, Communication, Empathy, Perspective, Analysis, and Commitment.
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; fundraising activities; event planning and assistance
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; orchestra; jazz; other instrumental ensemble; theater instruction; school plays; school musicals; visual arts instruction; ceramics; dance instruction; dance; film
Activities and Special Programs:
Academic tutoring; Women of Tomorrow; National Honor Society; Quiz Bowl; a variety of student-run clubs
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Softball
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball
Septa Routes:
20, 67, 84
Contact Information
11081 Knights Rd., 19154
Lori DeFields, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 607
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: As and Bs on most recent final report card; 80th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; successful audition in chosen major (art, dance, music, or theater) required
ELLS: 1%
Special Education: 10%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 52%
Waiting List? Yes, 50
Racial Demographics: African American –21% Latino – 14% Asian – 5% White – 52% Other – 7%

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