The mission of New York City Charter School of the Arts is to inspire a diverse community of young people to engage with the arts as a pathway to rich and rigorous academic learning and a creative, purposeful life. City School of the Arts opened our doors to 102 sixth grade students in the fall of 2016. In 2018-2019, we will reach our full capacity of 306 students ranging from grades 6-8. Arts-based learning has been proven to boost academic achievement in math, science, history and literacy, while helping students build capacities like problem-solving, critical thinking, empathy, resilience and a willingness to engage across differences. Our creative, academically challenging program is designed to meet the needs of all learners and is uniquely well-suited to supporting English Language Learners and students with learning differences. We are deeply committed to maintaining both a diverse student body and staff community; we believe it is essential to the success of our students. City School of the Arts is not a traditional “art school”, but rather a high-performing, academically-focused school where the arts and the imagination are used to help a new generation of young leaders create, learn and thrive.
About teaching Humanities at CSA
At CSA, the Humanities course combines history and the language arts in a two-hour block. Teachers loosely follow the EngageNY History curriculum, but are encouraged to exercise creativity in designing a rigorous, social justice-oriented course which explores narratives that have been traditionally silenced. An example of one of our current seventh grade units involves students reading the novel Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson while learning about the American Revolutionary War. Responsibilities of a City School of the Arts Teacher will include but are not limited to: