Arts School in Stanislaus County

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Starting this year the 350 kindergarten through 8th grade students at Summit Charter Academy in Modesto are going to be focusing more on drama, music, dance and the visual arts. Teacher Gary Rohwer pushed for the transformation and says school officials felt education would be enriched through the arts. He says the emphasis on the arts doesn’t mean math and science will be ignored. ROHWER :08—We expect everything that any other public school would expect of their students. We have an expression here, we don’t teach art, we teach kids through art. California Arts Council Interim Director Juan Carrillo, says these types of arts schools are good for students and ultimately benefit the entire state. CARRILLO :07—We know that the economy of California is dependent on an increasing number of creative people. Similar arts schools have opened in Stockton and Tracy. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.