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Nevada City School of The Arts
A public charter school serving Transitional Kindergarten-8th grade students throughout Nevada County, California. The shared vision of our school is to provide a rigorous academic environment using art as a lens to shape curriculum.
NCSA Equity Statement
NCSA is committed to creating a school culture where all members of different gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, races, ethnicities, and physical and developmental abilities are welcomed, valued, and celebrated. We are dedicated to proactively identifying and addressing biases, practices, policies, and institutional barriers that perpetuate injustice and inequality in our school. Anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices will be guideposts that allow us to consistently reflect on our policies and curriculum ensuring they are promoting equity and representation for all students. In doing so, our goal is to foster the development of positive identities for all students, promote their abilities to build productive and genuine relationships with people across differences, and work towards ensuring equal access to opportunities and achievement for all students. We want our students to be able to understand stereotypes and their counter narratives, along with systems of oppression, and learn how to intervene and interrupt injustice when confronted with it. We believe that all our lives are enriched when communities are equitable and inclusive.
The arts distinguish education at NCSA. Our program is interdisciplinary at its core, exploring the ground where science, history, literature, and art meet. NCSA provides a rigorous academic curriculum in which students have the opportunity to create art, understand its cultural and historical context, and respond to, and make critical judgments about, art. In this setting two tenets are important: art is a lens through which we see the world, and the production of art has inherent value. The School of the Arts is not an "art school" in the sense that it does not solely produce or attract "artists." There are many students here who do not identify themselves as "artists" or even as "artistic," but who are nonetheless expressing themselves through the arts, and comprehend their academic studies through artistic expression, be it story, dance, painting, fiber arts, martial arts or musical composition.
The music program at NCSA, designed to enrich our core academics, is based on the philosophy and practice of Orff Schulwerk, a dynamic approach to music education developed by the composer Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman. This approach begins with the premise that every child is innately musical and naturally loves to play, sing and dance.
Main Lesson Art is integrated with the academic curriculum for each grade level. These art lessons support, enhance, and bring greater depth to the students’ studies through tactile hands‑on experiences and in‑depth studies of art as it relates to the area of study.
“The Arts—Music, Dance, Theater, and the Visual Arts—are crucial to the complete education of a child. Their practice, understanding and appreciation are essential to human experience and learning itself. Participation in the arts fosters a balanced and enriched life and engenders a commitment to excellence. The Arts are not simply a means; they are an end in themselves. The Arts make us human and whole”. – from the NCSA Philosophy Statement