Educating students through an arts-integration curriculum. The arts will be integrated across academic content to promote problem solving and creativity. Students will learn and construct an understanding of grade-level standards in both the arts and academics. Arts integration builds greater understanding across content, supports authentic learning experiences that engage and motivate students. This practice fosters creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking and provides learners with connections, concrete experiences, and the ability to make connections.
Meeting the needs of each student is a priority. Our arts integration curriculum naturally allows for differentiated instruction in which learning is accessible and challenging. All students have access to grade-level work. RioGAFA teachers use the culturally responsive teaching approach to teaching. It connects students' cultures, languages, and life experiences with what they learn in school. These connections help students access the rigorous content and develop higher-level academic skills.
We embrace cultural diversity and ensure all students, no matter race, ability, or social-economic status feel welcomed and safe. RioGAFA embraces diversity and fosters culturally inclusive classrooms through expressing an interest and being sensitive to students' culture, having high expectations for all students, and using a culturally inclusive curriculum. RioGAFA will partner with a variety of artists that represent our diverse population allowing for students to learn about one’s own culture and about one another's cultures to develop cultural understanding among students.
Building skills, knowledge and expertise through arts integration that students need to ensure future success.
Where learning begins through an integrated curriculum approach. Students will learn and build foundational skills.
The Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Hotline is available for students, families, staff member, community members, or any stakeholder to report school-based incidents of racism, injustice or discrimination against anyone. Callers will reach a trained department employee from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; if calling after hours, they can leave a message. The hotline was established as a requirement of the Black Education Act, passed in the 2021 General Session of the Legislature.