Young Audiences Charter School Breaks Ground on New 6th-12thGrade Campus

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October 16, 2019Contact: Heather Harper (504) 289-0499 or hharper@h2nola.net 

Young Audiences Charter School Breaks Ground on New 6th-12thGrade Campus 

WHO:        Jefferson Parish Public School System Superintendent Dr. Cade BrumleyGretna Mayor Belinda ConstanceLarry Dale, Jefferson Parish Schools Board PresidentLocal Civic LeadersYoung Audiences Charter School (YACS) Leader Brandon HouseAward-winning YACS Marching Band performanceYACS board members, students and parents                         

WHAT:      Young Audiences Charter School (YACS), the only arts-integrated charter school in Jefferson Parish, is breaking ground on their new $25 million campus housing middle and high school students.  

WHEN:      Tuesday, October 22nd at 9:30am  

WHERE:   1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA 70053 

WHY:         Young Audiences Charter School (YACS) will be building a new state-of-the-art facility on Burmaster St. in Gretna, which will house middle and high school students.  The new $25 million campus will be conveniently located behind the current school located on Virgil St. The new facility was designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects and is being built by Landis Construction.  The school will be situated over an 11-acre area with 177,000 square feet of space, including a theater and performance spaces, music studio, state of the art classrooms, green spaces, sports facilities, and art studio spaces. This year, Young Audiences Charter High School welcomed its inaugural class of 9thgraders to its temporary location at the Salem Lutheran Campus, 418 4th St. in Gretna. Young Audiences Charter School also serves lower grades at its Kate Middleton Campus, 1407 Virgil St. in Gretna (Grades 2-7) and its Little YACS Campus (Kindergarten and 1stgrade) at 3600 6th St. in Harvey. 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. 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 Kindergarten through 10th grade. YACS will add a grade each year to eventually become a full PK-12 school.    Opened in 2013, Young Audiences Charter School is an open enrollment, arts-integrated charter school in Jefferson Parish for grades K-10. Enrollment is open to any Jefferson Parish student. 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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