Academic Overview

Our Approach

DREAM’s academic approach exposes children to a wide-range of fine arts through a balanced and comprehensive educational model that integrates music and arts into the teaching standards. Classroom teachers and arts teachers work collaboratively to structure interdisciplinary curricula that promote deep learning of subject matter, higher-order thinking, creativity, adaptability and teamwork. In addition, this approach weaves best practices in arts education with the needs and experiences of students from urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Founders and partners believe a collaborative educational model can enhance public education and community program opportunities in Middle Georgia by offering a unique learning environment embracing and integrating arts, higher education, community and industry partnerships. 

Authentic Arts Integration Curriculum

DREAM Academy offers an Authentic Arts Integration (AAI) curriculum, which provides standards-based instruction while exposing students to a wide range of fine arts in elementary school, focusing students on areas of strength in middle school and having students specialize in their creative pathway of choice in high school. 

The academic framework pulls from approaches based on the Higher-Order Thinking Schools (HOTS) approach which is to “promote teaching and learning in, about, and through the arts in a democratic setting.” The program will build higher-order thinking skills in students through three core components:

Strong Arts

The arts are viewed as rigorous academic subjects, each with its own sequential comprehensive curricula that convey knowledge not learned through studying other academic disciplines and provides stimulating vehicles for children to communicate their ideas.

Arts Integration

Sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and/or concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines to effectively advance knowledge and/or skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and/or skills in other disciplines.

Democratic Practice

Provides a school culture in which purposeful activities support choice, participation, connection, contribution and responsibility to celebrate the unique voice of each member of the school community.