About Redding School of the Arts
Redding School of the Arts is a charter school in northern
California. The school believes when it comes to young minds, art
enriches, expands and prepares them for a full life in useful and
unexpected ways. Children who participate in music and arts programs
often do better in other subjects than children who do not, and low
achieving students engaged in a visual and performing arts program have
better attendance, increased self-esteem, and cooperate more fully with
teachers and peers.
For all their benefits, in these economic times, art and music
programs are at risk all across the United States. It is time to face
the music. You can play an instrumental role in keeping the arts alive
in schools around the country!
The mission of Redding School of the Arts, where education and the
arts connect, is to educate K-8 students who have an interest in visual
and performing arts and cultivate their knowledge and skills for the
betterment of their local and global community. Utilizing an
inter-disciplinary theme based approach, students will learn to read,
write, speak, problem solve, use technology and sustainable practices.
RSA seeks to accomplish its goal of high academic and behavioral
standards through a student centered, multicultural and multi-lingual
environment with an emphasis on the arts. This charter school will
enable students to become literate, self-motivated and life-long
learners who participate in the art of their community.
Redding School of the Arts opened its doors in August of 1999. The
school was created at a time when local elementary school's visual and
performing art programs were in rapid decline or nonexistent. The
founders believe that education in its entirety is complete when the
arts are included in the academic program and when students are
instructed at their academic level. From this educational platform
Redding School of the Arts was created. The school serves a diverse
ethnic and social economic population reflecting the greater Redding
area. However, the learning needs of our students are different.
Students attending RSA have a real interest in the Arts. This often
means students who are low academic achievers but excel in the arts or
students who excel in academics and excel in the Arts choose to attend.
The school has been able to document over time that low academic
achievers are personally challenged academically and in the Visual and
Performing Arts. Being a small school allows yearly adjustments to the
school's class structure such as the combination of grade levels within
the school or of the higher level math classes to meet the students'
Redding School of the Arts is recognized nationally for its
innovative approach to special education. The educational model focuses
on identifying students with exceptional needs as early as possible and
meeting their educational needs in a proactive, preventive fashion. In
fact, the school received a California Dissemination grant to share the
knowledge of providing services to children in a positive direct model
where by all students, including the talented and gifted students,
benefit. The school has also received the California Creative Schools
Award. This was the first time a charter school or an elementary had
received such an award in California.