Two OC schools win national recognition for arts education

Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts and Orange County School of the Arts have been named Exemplary Schools by the Arts School Network, a national prize for K-12 schools, colleges and universities that go above and beyond in promoting quality in arts education.

students and adults hold up art projectLadera Vista, from the Fullerton School District, and Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana are among 17 K-12 schools recognized nationally.

Arts Schools Network is the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. It awards exemplary school designations to members that follow “A Guide to Assessing Your Arts School,” which outlines a set of goals to boost arts education throughout the school curriculum.

Officials from the Arts Schools Network recently toured exemplary schools to see the programs first-hand.

At Ladera Vista, students led 50 arts teachers and administrators from around the nation highlighting the arts programs and arts integration that takes place throughout the campus. Following the tour, the guests were treated to a performance by the school’s band, women’s choir, dance team, and a short film project highlighting Ladera Vista Productions.