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Arts Middle School
Grades 6-8


 
 


GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM ABOUT?

WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?

WILL I BE LET OUT OF SCHOOL TO ATTEND THE CLASSES?

HOW WILL I GET TO THE CLASSES EACH WEEK?

HOW DOES MY SCHOOL SUPPORT THE PROGRAM?

WHAT FEES DO THE STUDENTS PAY?

WHAT CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE?

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

WILL I RECEIVE A GRADE FOR THE CLASS?

CAN I RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT FOR AN ARTS HIGH CLASS?

HOW DO I APPLY?


WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?

WHAT TIME IS MY AUDITION?


MAY I AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE CLASS?


WHEN WILL AUDITIONS BE HELD?

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

 

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM ABOUT?
Each December, some 200 gifted arts students, grades 6, 7 & 8, are selected from a county-level audition process open to all interested students. Participating local schools release the students during school hours one day weekly for 12 weeks, starting in February. Round trip bus transportation from local schools to the program sites in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties is provided to most school districts by AMS buses. With the full support and assistance of participating school districts, the program seeks, identifies, and recruits students by the following means: Countywide press releases; mailings of program literature to schools, public libraries, student homes, etc. Our master artists tour hands-on workshops to local school classrooms, acquaint students and teachers with the high caliber of AMS arts instruction, and distribute program literature. The Arts Middle School offers courses in the literary, performing and visual arts. In a challenging and nurturing environment, distinguished teaching artists provide a rigorous curriculum for developing artistic skills and creative expression. Themes related to society’s different cultures are included in the curriculum. Also, an interarts component encourages students from different arts disciplines to work together. The comprehensive program enhances problem-solving abilities, interpersonal skills, and helps students become more fluent in discussion of their art form. A student festival, open to the public, closes the season in May.

WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?
Classes in Middlesex County are held on Wednesdays, starting in February and continue for 12 weeks. Hours are from 1:00 –to 4:00 PM. Classes in Monmouth County are held on Thursdays, starting in February and continue for 12 weeks. Hours are 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

WILL I BE LET OUT OF SCHOOL TO ATTEND THE CLASSES?
Yes, you will be released from your regular school each week to attend the classes. Students, however, are responsible for making up any missed work or assignments.

HOW WILL I GET TO THE CLASSES EACH WEEK?
School buses will pick up the students at their school and return them to their home school after Arts Middle School classes are completed.

HOW DOES MY SCHOOL SUPPORT THE PROGRAM?
The participating school districts in Middlesex & Monmouth County act as sending schools.  Superintendents appoint school liaisons, who distribute program literature, meet with interested students, assist with special needs and remain in contact with our office for the season.  Participating schools pay a prescribed tuition fee for each enrolled student that includes busing.  In other districts, students may attend the program but are responsible for their own tuition and busing fees.  (Call The Arts & Education Center (732-566-2787) for current tuition rates)

WHAT FEES DO THE STUDENTS PAY?
All students are responsible for payment of an audition fee ($40-$55, depending on how many classes the student is auditioning for) and an enrollment fee of $50 which is payable once a student is accepted into the program. There is also a $40 material fee for students in the Visual Arts or Photography class. In some districts, students may attend the program but are responsible for their own tuition and busing fees.  (Call The Arts & Education Center (732-566-2787) for current tuition rates)

WHAT CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE?
There are over twenty different classes being offered in the Middlesex County Arts Middle School or the Monmouth County Arts Middle School. You can read a description about the different courses in the Middlesex County Arts Middle School here. Course descriptions for the Monmouth County Arts Middle School are available here.

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
All Arts Middle School instructors are distinguished working artists, most have advanced degrees in their area of expertise.

WILL I RECEIVE A GRADE FOR THE CLASS?
A grade of Honors, Good, Pass or Fail is based on successful completion of one course of study.  An honors grade is based on outstanding achievement.  Students who pass their course of study are awarded Certificates of Achievement or an Honors Certificate.  Students’ records are forwarded to their sending schools for proficiency credits and notation on school transcripts.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Interested students should file an application with the Arts & Education Center before the November 15 deadline.  Additional applications are available from sending schools, Arts and English teachers, guidance counselors or school principal, or directly from the Arts & Education Center office. You can also apply online for Monmouth County Arts Middle School or Middlesex County Arts Middle School.

WHAT TIME IS MY AUDITION?
To be announced...Click For Audition Information.

WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
Audition information will be posted on this website in November. Click For Audition Information.

MAY I AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE CLASS?
Students may audition for more than one art form in the same season, but will be selected for only one course of study per season.

WHEN WILL AUDITIONS BE HELD?
Auditions for Monmouth County Arts Middle School will be held on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013. Auditions for Middlesex County Arts Middle School will be held on Sunday, Dec 8, 2013.

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
FOR INFORMATION and to request additional applications and annual newsletter call or write:  Arts & Education Center,154 Main Street, Suite 102,   Matawan, NJ 07747.  Tel. (732) 566-ARTS (2787) – Fax (732) 566-2005. E-mail: Info@ArtsandEdCenter.org or visit our web site: www.ArtsMiddleSchool.net.

 This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

 

 


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