What’s Right With Schools: Booker T. Washington Academy

Whats Right With Schools

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The art program at Booker T. Washington Academy in New Haven is encouraging imagination.

It starts at kindergarten, which is much earlier than many schools.

The idea is to develop creativity at an early age.

“I think it’s so important,” explained art teacher Elizabeth Berry. “It helps them problem solve.”Related Content: What’s Right With Schools: Carrigan Intermediate School Musical Studies

It’s not just the art class that is unique at the school, but also, foreign languages. Most of us aren’t taught Spanish until high school. Here, however, they start at kindergarten.

“That’s the goal, in 4th grade, to be able to write paragraphs in Spanish,” said Spanish teacher Diana Merchan.

By the time these students head to middle school, they’ll be exceptionally ahead of the curve.

“That was the number one goal of the school, to achieve the kind of results that demonstrated that our kids can perform at a high level,” stated executive director John A. Taylor, Jr.

Watch the video above to learn more.

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