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Kindergarten Spots Still Available at Young Audiences Charter School- Jefferson Parish Westbank

Date: July 14th, 2022
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Limited Kindergarten Spots Still Available

at Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton

on the Westbank

Jefferson Parish residents invited to apply

at district’s only arts-integrated school

Young Audiences Charter School (YACS) Little YACS, an open enrollment, arts-integrated school in Jefferson Parish, invites prospective Kindergarten students in Jefferson Parish to apply for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Little YACS is located at 3400 6th St. in Harvey.

Parents are encouraged to visit the school’s website, call (504) 304-6332 or e-mail for enrollment information as soon as possible before all seats are gone, said Melissa Sacks, YACS Lower School Principal.

Young Audiences Charter Schools serves students in PK4-12 on three campuses on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish, and recently opened an Orleans Parish campus at Lawrence D. Crocker.

At Little YACS, Kindergarteners will benefit from the renowned Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts program.  YACS has a cadre of highly qualified, certified Wolf Trap teaching artists who will visit classrooms twice a week to bring Creative Learners the joy of learning ELA, math, and social emotional skills through dance, theater, music and puppetry. The teaching artists pass teaching skills in their art form to the classroom teachers, so that students have the benefit of arts-integrated learning at all times.

At Young Audiences Charter School, the arts-integration curriculum reflects recent research from the arts education field that provides significant evidence of the value of the arts in the learning process.  Arts Integration combines the arts with the learning of core academic subjects. It supports educational achievement and improved student behavior by giving children both a “springboard” and a “safety net” for learning. The arts allow students to be more engaged in education-focusing on each child’s abilities and interests to provide support in academic achievement. The arts also provide increased opportunities for parental involvement in school, a key component to education.


Opened in 2013, Young Audiences Charter Schools are open enrollment, arts-integrated charter schools operating in Jefferson and Orleans Parish.  Recent research shows that students at schools with an arts-integrated curriculum scored higher on standardized tests and academic measures than those at other types of schools, including academic magnet schools. (PAIR, 2013) Additionally, students involved in the arts have better attendance, fewer behavior referrals, increased class participation, and are more likely to report a love of learning.

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