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Sheridan Global Arts and Communications School /

FAIR School

  Location: Minneapolis, MN /Crystal, MN
  Grade: 6, 7, 8
  Disciplines: Dance & Science
Dance & Math
  Description: Physical forces and geometric concepts are explored through dance and movement.

About the School

Sheridan Global Arts and Communications SchoolSheridan Global Arts and Communications School, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sheridan is a K-8 fine arts magnet school, located in Minneapolis, Minn., which serves an urban population of predominantly Asian, African American, and Caucasian students. Global arts and communications form the core of Sheridan’s philosophy of education, with the arts and foreign languages central to all learning at Sheridan. The school and its students work with community arts partners to integrate the arts, global studies, and communications within learning activities.

The arts at Sheridan are infused throughout the curriculum and in the weekly and daily schedules. In seventh and eighth grade, students choose an art form to study every other day all year long. Course offerings range from drama, dance, choir, and band to visual art, ceramics, and African music. At Sheridan, part of the school philosophy is that students become literate by producing performances, exhibits, and publications as part of the learning process. The students must also demonstrate their acquired understandings and skills to real audiences for authentic purposes.

Sheridan is actively involved with community arts partners and institutions, including the Walker Arts Center, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, the Bell Museum of Natural History, the Perpich Center for Arts Education, and area universities.

School information compiled from the Sheridan Global Arts and Communications School Web site:

The Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR) School The FAIR School,
Crystal, Minn.

The Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR) School is a grades four-to-eight magnet school located in Crystal, Minn. that provides intercultural learning opportunities to 558 students from Minneapolis and the surrounding suburban school districts. The mission of FAIR School is tri-fold: intercultural learning, fine arts performance, and academic excellence.

The FAIR School was created by the West Metro Educational Program (WMEP), a voluntary consortium of 10 urban and suburban school districts in the Minneapolis metropolitan area that was formed in 1989 to cooperatively address integration issues. WMEP's mission is to promote student success and community acceptance of differences by providing opportunities for students, families, and staff from diverse backgrounds to learn from and with each other.

Student admission for the FAIR School is based on an enrollment lottery held in each district. While there is no formal audition, it is important that students enjoy some level of success and interest in at least one area of the fine arts. Fine arts offerings include dance, vocal and instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and media arts.

School information compiled from the FAIR School Web site:

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