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The Lincoln Center of the Arts curriculum is developed based on the MPS District Learning Targets, which are aligned to Wisconsin State Standards. The staff at LCA guides students on their paths to becoming independent, self-confident learners. Please click on the image below to download the Learning Targets brochures.
Students attending LCA receive instruction in core academic subjects while taking Fine Arts courses. Unlike other schools, students at LCA follow an eight-period day, which is maintained in order to offer the greatest number of arts classes. Our integrated-arts curriculum encourages students to think creatively in all subjects and to develop a wide range of skills. The challenging academic lessons at LCA require students to focus on acquiring knowledge that will be valuable to them in their high school years.
Fine Arts lessons allow students to develop their creative skills in a variety of ways. In addition to a strong academic curriculum, all sixth grade students experience a full range of arts classes that includes Music (band, orchestra, choir, general music), Video Technology, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Graphic Arts, Dance and Physical Education (Health, included). In seventh grade, students are able to choose which art classes they would like to explore in greater depth. Eighth grade students choose two areas in which they would like to develop mastery.
Students at LCA are encouraged to read for meaning and explore new themes. They apply different strategies to understand context and use reading as a resource to gain information. As they progress, students learn to evaluate texts and become critical readers by analyzing whether or not sources of information are accurate and correct. New computer software, such as Accelerated Reader and Read 180, integrates technology with the reading curriculum and provides additional skill reinforcement. In addition, LCA’s highly successful Spanish and English bilingual program ensures that English Language Learners and English-dominant students develop high levels of proficiency in a second language while making progress in their native language reading skills.
The Language Arts/Writing program at LCA requires students to take notes when they read and listen well. They must develop strong research skills that enable them to successfully complete a research paper that lists resources and summarizes facts. Our technology-integrated curriculum allows students to develop essays using the Internet to find appropriate resources and evidence. By defending their ideas in front of their classmates, students enhance their speaking and presentation skills. By the time they graduate, LCA students have learned to effectively evaluate texts and to make informed judgments about the media and products.
When students begin at LCA, they apply basic skills learned in previous grades to a range of application problems. Students then use these skills to solve problems and predict results. As they progress, students develop their ability to reason and draw conclusions while focusing on understanding new mathematical processes and finding solutions. Constructed responses to mathematical problems require students to talk about their solutions, explain them and provide feedback to one another. Computer-assisted technology gives student additional opportunities to enhance and reinforce their mathematical skills. In eighth grade, students apply learned strategies to different areas of mathematics and use appropriate vocabulary to describe math processes as they prepare for higher level classes in high school.
Social Studies/U.S. History
LCA students in sixth and seventh grade study general Social Studies, while eighth grade students focus on U.S. History. Sixth and seventh graders learn about ancient and medieval civilizations early on and eventually progress into studying the modern world. Different cultures are studied in depth to ensure that students learn to value unique differences and compare them to their own cultural traditions. In eighth grade, students gain a further understanding of our nation’s history by studying important events and people that changed the United States. Field trips to historical locations are encouraged as they help students connect topics they learn in the classroom with real life experiences.
LCA’s Science curriculum encourages students to do interactive experiments, use scientific tools and ask and answer questions using scientific methods and vocabulary to help further their understanding of the world around them. Students study different scientific themes and gather information that eventually becomes the basis of in-depth study of different areas of science. The LCA staff provides adequate instruction and guidance during experiments, to ensure students learn from these hands-on activities. By evaluating scientific ideas and applying facts, students are able to develop a strong understanding of different scientific processes.
With highly trained Arts Specialists and multiple resident artists, LCA students receive intense art instruction in a variety of programs. No matter a student’s talent, they will have a professional, qualified staff member guiding them and encouraging them to use creative expression to convey ideas and emotions. Art is embraced at LCA and students are also encouraged to think outside the box. For more information about LCA’s Art program, please click on the Arts Program and Performance Season tabs.
LCA’s strong music program teaches students to appreciate the sounds and rhythms of music and to learn to play an instrument and/or develop their singing skills. With an award-winning Band and Choir, LCA is proud of its music program. Students perform in venues throughout Milwaukee during the school year. For more information about LCA’s Music Program, please click on the Arts Program and Performance Season tabs.
Physical Education and Health courses at LCA ensure that students learn to lead healthy lives and make responsible decisions. By focusing on the individual’s ability to assess and monitor his or her own physical activity, students learn the importance staying physically fit in order to live longer. Through team activities, sportsmanship and cooperation are learned while personal skills are also developed. Health education teaches students the qualities of healthy relationships and the importance of self-respect. Teachers focus on community responsibilities and health issues that students may encounter.