At a time when schools across the country are cutting arts education, this city is aiming to make it universal. While 95 percent of American high schoolers have access to at least one counselor, more than a fifth of high schools don’t have a single counselor, which means 850,000 American secondary students do not have any scholastic support to coach them on the transition to postsecondary education The 1.6 million figure stems from all levels of students, K-12, who attend a school with a sworn law enforcement officer but no school counselor.
Depending on a student’s particular background, interests and educational qualifications, the programme prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures as well as informal learning environments, such as skill-sharing workshops and community-based projects.
While there are undoubtedly a number of other factors that play into graduation rates, the research in this study and others like it (most notably The Role of the Fine and Performing Arts in High School Dropout Prevention, which you can read here ) has found that many at-risk students cite participation in the arts as their reason for staying.
However, 85% of employers seeking creative candidates had trouble finding qualified applicants.” Creativity is an essential precursor to innovation and by ensuring a high quality arts education for all students we’re better preparing our communities for an ever-changing economy.
The report shows that arts education can help close the gap between socioeconomic groups, creating a more level playing field between children who may not be exposed to these enrichment experiences outside of school and some of their more privileged peers.