Young Audiences Charter School Adds Pre-Kindergarten 4 for School Year 2020-21

Young Audiences Charter School Adds Pre-Kindergarten 4 for School Year 2020-21: Applications currently being accepted          

Young Audiences Charter School (YACS), the only arts-integrated charter school in Jefferson Parish, has added a PreK4 class for the 2020-21 school year. The program currently offers 20 seats for prospective students who turned 4-years-old on or before September 30, 2020.            Interested applicants should go to: https://jeffersonchild.com/site435.php for more information about the required documents to apply. As a Type 1 Charter authorized by the Jefferson Parish Public School System, Young Audiences Charter School is currently open to any Jefferson Parish student entering PreK4 through 10th grade. YACS is growing it’s high school, eventually becoming a full PK-12 school, adding a grade each year.            

“We are so thrilled to be able to add a PreK4 grade to our school,” said Young Audiences School Leader Brandon House. “We have heard from our parents and community that the demand is high for a quality early childhood program and we are eager to share our arts-integrated education with younger students, and in a few years, to be able to do it for grades PK4-12. We know this will fill a void in the area and we are happy to provide a safe, nurturing place for students to grow.”For the school year 2020-21, YACS will have three campuses:  Little YACS (grades PK4 – K) will be located at the Early Learning Center, 3400 6th St., in Harvey, LA.  Grades 1-5 will be at the Kate Middleton Campus, 1407 Virgil St., in Gretna, LA and grades 6-10 will be at the new campus for middle and high school at 1000 Burmaster St.YACS will be building a new state-of-the-art facility, which will house middle and high school students, and be conveniently located behind the current school at 1000 Burmaster St. in Gretna. The school will be situated on 11+ acres with 177,000 square feet of space, including a black box theater, band room, state of the art classrooms, green spaces, sports facilities, and art studio spaces.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.For more information, call (504) 304-6332 email admissions@yacharterschool.org or go to http://www.yacharterschool.org

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 Opened in 2013, Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton is an open enrollment, arts-integrated charter school in Jefferson Parish for grades PreK4-10. 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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