OUR IMPACT

All of Urban Arts Partnership’s programs address the ever-growing need to engage students from New York’s poorest schools in their education.

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  • The Opportunity

    Improve Test Scores

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    The Opportunity

    The gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students has grown by nearly 40 percent since the 1960s.

    The New York Times

    Our Approach

    Fresh Prep harnesses the power of Hip-Hop music and culture to help students who have failed the Regents Exam to beat the test and get on track to graduate.

    The results

    In 2012, 130 students who had previously failed their U.S. and Global History Regents exams at least once participated in Fresh Prep and successfully retook the exam and passed, increasing their scores by an average of 19 points.

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  • The Opportunity

    Promote Excellence

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    The Opportunity

    Students who do not participate in quality out-of-school programming have lower academic performance, social and developmental outcomes and are more likely to make unhealthy lifestyle options and to participate in risky behaviors, particularly in regards to high-risk youth.

    National Institute on Out-of-School Time

    Our Approach

    The Academy is a state-of-the-art third space that instills artistic, leadership and academic excellence in high school students, positioning them as agents of change in their communities and preparing them for their next step in life, be it college or career.

    The results

    In 2013, 100% of Academy seniors graduated high school; 100% are going to college or pursuing creative careers.

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  • The Opportunity

    Innovate Special Education

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    The Opportunity

    Fewer than 28% of schools in special education District 75 meet arts mandates set by the New York State Department of Education. In District 75, almost no classroom teachers are trained in arts education and almost no art teachers are trained in special education.

    NYC Dept. of Education

    Our Approach

    Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) provides professional development designed to create multiple entry points to learning for students with autism spectrum disorders and multiple disabilities.

    The results

    In 2012, more than 80% of EASE classroom teachers were able to use arts-based instruction to bolster academic achievement and arts proficiency among special education students.

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  • The Opportunity

    Equip Teachers

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    The Opportunity

    Given the educational climate, most public school classroom teachers do not feel equipped to incorporate art into their lesson plans and are hesitant to adopt innovative, participatory teaching methods.

    Our Approach

    Adobe Youth Voices trains and supports a community of educators to use technology and arts-based teaching methodologies in their classrooms, empowering students to become media makers and active global citizens.

    The results

    50 teachers were equipped with the tools necessary to integrate the arts and youth culture into culturally relevant curricula that bolstered the Common Core while increasing student engagement and college-readiness.

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  • The Opportunity

    Engage Families

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    The Opportunity

    Students with families who are not involved in their school work are significantly less likely to achieve the same positive academic and social outcomes than students with families actively involved in their education.

    Harvard Family Research Project

    Our Approach

    Expanded Learning meets schools’ unique needs through an Extended Learning Time model that includes robust parent engagement activities in addition to studio residences and professional development for teachers.

    The results

    43% of regular attendees improved their math grades; 41% increased their reading grades.

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  • The Opportunity

    Motivate Students

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    The Opportunity

    “As students progress from elementary to middle to high school, motivation and academic engagement steadily decline, particularly in schools with a high population of low-income students.”

    National Center for Education Statistics

    Our Approach

    Creating Minds uses a whole-school approach uniquely tailored to each school in order to engage students as active learners, thus improving attendance and increasing graduating rates.

    The results

    Graduation rates at Creating Minds schools are 22% higher than NYC DOE peer horizon schools.

    Learn about Creating Minds Learn about Expanded Learning Learn about Urban Arts Partnership Los Angeles