The mission of Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts (RioGAFA) is to educate students through an arts-integration curriculum that promotes problem solving and creativity and supports all K-12 students to achieve grade-level standards.
Arts integration, as defined by the Kennedy Arts Center, “is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in the creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.” RioGAFA will achieve our mission by using the arts as a vehicle to learn in all content areas. We define the arts as creative writing, culinary, dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts.
RioGAFA will be a K-12. We opened in August of 2022 with grades Kindergarten, 1st, and 6th. We will roll up two grades every year until 2028 when we will add 12th grade for the 28-29 school year.
The vision of Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts (RioGAFA) is to develop an environment that will encourage and engage creative minds through a rigorous, arts-integrated, and arts-enhanced curriculum that will inspire and empower students to become independent, creative, and problem-solving thinkers. Learning will be provided in both the arts and through the arts. RioGAFA is the first school of its kind that will be academically rigorous while students will be learning and demonstrating their skill acquisition through multiple art forms.