Welcome to the South Loop Elementary School
Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School
Visual Arts Home Page
Visual Arts Teacher: Paulette Mitchell
Email, pbmarks@cps.edu


Fine and Performing Arts:
The Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Program (FPAMCP) is an initiative started in the 2000-2001 school year. Schools within the FPAMCP maintain at least two full-time art teachers, recognize the arts as part of the core curriculum, and dedicate time and space to the arts. While the arts are seen as an area of focus unto themselves, arts integration plays a key role in the FPAMCP. With the assistance of the Magnet Cluster Lead Teachers (fine art specialists), classroom teachers in these schools integrate the arts into other core subject areas. Every student is offered training in at least two of the fine art disciplines, i.e., visual arts, music, dance, and drama. The goal is to develop a school-wide curriculum based in the arts that encourages and supports all students in attaining academic and artistic excellence.

Schools within this cluster also form arts partnerships with various arts/cultural organizations in the Chicago area in order to continue with the implementation of an arts-integrated school-wide curriculum. The primary goals of the initiative are: (1) to encourage students' creative and artistic expression, and development of interest in visual arts, music, dance, and drama; and to (2) to integrate the arts into classroom instruction with the assistance of arts partners. These goals are accomplished through professional development, joint curricular planning and implementation, in-class residencies, enrichment activities, and other arts integration strategies developed through school/arts partner collaborations.

Magnet Schools Eight Dimensions of Imnplementation**

1. Leadership Commitment
2. Curricular Integration
3. Professional Development
4. Instructional Effectiveness
5. Intra and Inter School Collaboration
6. Parental Involvement
7. Community Partnerships
8. Opportunities for Accelerated Student Learning