EDUCATION BEYOND BOOK SMART.
Vision ~ To engage learners in the love of literacy and a vibrant foundation of the arts, sciences and world cultures.
Mission ~ To provide a personalized K-5 learning community that respects all student learning styles and diverse capacity, resulting in each student’s foundational and accomplished literacy skills to last a lifetime.
Quality: TPAAK is the region’s premier fine arts K-5 elementary school.
Fine Arts: Through the collaborative efforts of a world-class team of innovative educators, TPAAK builds confident students who deeply understand the heart, head and hands of the fine arts.
World Cultures: TPAAK’s interdisciplinary world cultures Paragon curriculum studies the origins and fruits of all civilizations – the arts, the sciences, and the cultures therein – resulting in each student’s fundamental and accomplished literacy skills.
Personalized Learning: TPAAK promises to each and every family the highest quality of personalized learning and delivers it through a project-oriented, distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum.
T.R. PAUL ACADEMY OF ARTS & KNOWLEDGE IS A FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL OF CHOICE OFFERING AN ARTS-ENRICHED AND ACADEMICALLY COMPETITIVE EDUCATION.
Through the collaborative efforts of a world-class team of innovative educators – TPAAK builds confident students who deeply understand the heart, head, and hands of the fine arts. The Academy’s interdisciplinary literacy and world culture curriculum, rooted in the fine arts, studies the origins and fruits of all civilizations – the arts, the sciences, and the cultures therein – resulting in each student’s fundamental and accomplished literacy skills to last a lifetime.
TPAAK’s educational plan is founded upon the intersection and integration of fine arts, literacy, world cultures, and wellness. Together each of these pillars of TPAAK’s vision come together to drive, inspire, and dedicate a K-5 learning community. The pedagogical framework of TPAAK results in significant literacy achievement as a result of the integration of the pillars.
In effect, TPAAK promises to each and every family the highest quality of personalized learning and delivers it through integrated fine arts, literacy, world cultures, and wellness.
The Arts at TR Paul Academy
“The Arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. The Arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of the large lessons kids can learn from practicing the Arts is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world“.
– Elliot Eisner, Professor of Education, Stanford University
Creative thinking and reasoning are affirmed as essential to life-long learning by business, education, community and government leaders. TPAAK is convinced that our students can learn how to express their unique identities in a strong literacy-based integrated arts curriculum, while simultaneously developing habits of mind that will help them succeed anywhere, from the playground to the classroom to the workplace(s) ahead of them.
All students benefit from the arts, especially students needing more concrete, visual, and kinesthetic experiences for successful learning. At TPAAK, the integrated arts, literacy, and world cultures platform both strengthens and is a multiplier for effective learning transfer. The arts at TPAAK are about problem solving as well as producing objects, or accomplishing performances or skill development. TPAAK adheres to the proposition that arts integration produces better readers, better writers, and better speakers – and moreover, the range of skills engaged will close the achievement and opportunity gaps that stubbornly often remain in place.
According to Plato, “Music…gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination….life to everything.” The impulse to make music is ageless and universal. Music has the capacity to communicate volumes about an era and its people. Music, like literacy, allows students to experiment with rhythm, words, tempo, and melody. Musical notation and reading the meaning in the music dovetails strongly into moving from text to meaning in literacy. It is the conviction at TPAAK that music produces – besides the gifts of music itself – strong readers, writers, and presenters.
As a fundamental pillar of TPAAK’S pedagogy, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to engage and excel in music:
- Weekly music instruction
- Dragon Scales Choir
- Marching & Performance Band
Drama draws the student into learning through acting. The dramatic techniques are designed to help each child build self-esteem, empathy, character, ethics and confidence through performance. These basic skills culminate in performances aligned to the historical periods studied and “lived” as part of Paragon. Performances are presented throughout the year during school-wide assemblies, monthly Paragon Nights and plays performed for the community.