Garner Fine Arts Academy earns Arts School Network Exemplary School Designation

The Arts Schools Network Board of Directors has designated in Garner Fine Arts Academy as a 2017-2019 Exemplary School in recognition of its commitment to excellence.

The Exemplary School designation is presented to Arts Schools Network (ASN) member schools that follow the ASN Principles of Exemplary Practice in strategically evaluating the school’s purpose, operations, and educational programs. ASN will honor Garner Fine Arts Academy at the ASN 2017 Annual Conference in the Twin Cities, Minnesota on October 25.

The Garner Fine Arts Academy is a Grand Prairie ISD public school of choice for Pre-K – 5th grade that challenges the status quo. The school captures students’ hearts to affect their brains. It provides students with a rigorous academic environment through arts integration while developing their health and wellness. Teaching strategies integrate the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills into an arts-based teaching approach, and consistently achieve the highest levels of academic success on state-wide assessments.

The arts–integrated academic curriculum ensures students are ready for the academic challenges in college and careers. All students have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in the areas of visual art, music, dance, theater, and video production. As students identify an area of interest and strength, they can audition for specialized performance groups and participate in deeper study as well as performances and competitions. High levels of artistic performance are demonstrated each year as these groups receive awards in state level contests. Whether the child continues in arts education or choses to explore other interests, the combination of rich arts experiences and rigorous academic focus affords each of them the strength and self-assurance to achieve lifelong success.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by ASN. From Pre-K through high school, Grand Prairie ISD is fully aware of the role the arts play in student achievement. The combination of the arts and high academics prepares our students to be successful no matter what their future plans may be. I love to watch the looks of pride on the faces of our parents as they watch their child whether it be on a stage, behind a microphone or crafting a visual, tactile piece of art. The arts are powerful in GPISD.” – Dr. Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent

Melissa Brooks, Interim Executive Director for ASN, said, “We offer guidance, inspiration, and incentives to arts school leaders striving for excellence. When they demonstrate outstanding efforts toward this goal, as they do by following ASN’s Principals of Exemplary Practice, we recognize their achievements with this designation.”

Arts Schools Network is a non-profit association founded in 1981 to provide leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities.