South Florence High School is one of the few high schools in the South Carolina having earned designation as an official Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) site. As a result, the school has been selected to host a state-wide ABC site meeting.
The site visit will take place at the school from 8:45 a.m. until 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.14 when over 100 visiting teachers from across the state will have the opportunity to see South Florence High teachers and students incorporate the ARTS into daily activities within the curriculum.
South Florence High has received grants to help fund the expansion of the arts program based on a strategic plan developed by the school’s steering committee, and it is eligible to earn repeated grants as long as the school continues to expand its ARTS offerings. Teachers at the school are also eligible to participate in free professional development opportunities that will help incorporate the ARTS into regular instruction and enhance the learning of students.
The ARTS curriculum consists of four major categories: Kinesthetic Arts - movement, dance, physical education, theater, drama, sculpting, auto repair, design, electronics, building, sports, metal and wood working; Musical Arts - playing music, listening to music, singing, rapping, producing musicals, reading music, composing music, analyzing, arranging, notating and creating music; Visual Arts - design, art production, paper and canvas work, photography, drawing, illustration, painting, costume design, make-up, lighting, print-making, shooting, editing, computer-based graphics, multi-media communication, marketing, website design, graphic organizers, mind maps, thinking maps, architecture, galleries, museums, and color; Creative writing - writing fiction, nonfiction, plays, skits, poetry, songs, raps, screen plays, etc. According to art educators, it has been proven that integrating the ARTS into regular instruction results in greater student performance in core classes and on standardized tests. Experts also say that the arts have been proven to provide more involvement with students of differing ability levels, socio-economic status, and cultures resulting in enhanced cooperation, an increased level of self-directed learning, and improved personal expression of emotions and thoughts.
For more information, call South Florence High School at 843-664-8190.