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

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.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s