About Global Arts Plus
In middle school, students learn to set goals in personal, social and academic areas. Accelerated classes, leadership experiences, athletics and after-school programs support young adults as they step into new responsibilities and challenging academics. Our artist-in-residence programs enlist diverse voices and talents; students may learn flamenco dancing, Taiko drumming, poetry and more. Students continue their artistic evolution and showcase their learning at Friday gatherings, a weekly event that builds community among our young artists.
A Unique Program
Global Arts Plus PreK-8 offers a truly unique educational setting in the Twin Cities area. Spanning two campuses, Global Arts Plus provides arts-infused curriculum for children PreK through grade 8. Children in PreK through grade 4 are introduced to arts-infused learning at the lower campus and continue grades 5 – 8 at the upper campus. Early childhood programs for children birth to five years old are also housed in spacious and newly designed rooms on the Monroe campus.
Rigorous Learning + Arts!
At both sites, students are challenged with rigorous reading, writing, and math instruction. Additionally, there is daily instruction in the arts both during regular classroom instruction as well as during specialist classes. The arts classes are taught by trained specialists in the areas of: visual arts, drama, vocal music, instrumental music, and dance.
Middle School Experience
After completing their elementary years at Monroe, students step seamlessly into the middle school, where their teachers already know them as a result of being a part of the same learning community since Kindergarten. At the middle school level, students receive the same content area instruction delivered at other Saint Paul schools, and continue with their arts-infused learning. In addition, students in grades six, seven, and eight will take a Foundations course; a graded course in vital skills for student and personal success.
Both campuses have a well developed set of partnerships and residencies with agencies such as U.S. Bank, Macalester College, Perpich Center for Arts Education, and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, just to name afew. Because of these partnerships, students of all ages have opportunities to experience arts through a variety of field trips throughout the year. Each week students also show what they have learned through performance at the school wide Friday Gathering.
Our Core Values
The Global Arts Plus approach to teaching and learning is grounded in the belief that the arts can play a central role in how children learn, and in helping them to excel in their course of study. At Global Arts Plus, we have created an academic/arts partnership that enhances the classroom learning environment and academic performance of all of our students.
Global Arts Plus students are challenged in a safe, joyful and appropriate academic environment. Our small size ensures that each child is known and celebrated in a community with strong relationships. Respect, responsibility, and support for the needs of each child are promoted.Our goal is to provide every Global Arts Plus student with a world-class education and to inspire an enduring love of learning.
The program at Global Arts Plus is based on the A+ Model which features daily arts instruction in music, visual art, drama, literary arts and dance. Teaching concepts across subject areas (an interdisciplinary approach) helps students find connections between subjects and provides opportunities for all types of students. The educational needs of diverse students are met in two specific ways. The academic program is supported by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, developed by Harvard professor Howard Gardner, where classroom teachers help students learn by using language, numbers, physical surroundings, the body and more. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM link) provides opportunities for students who need additional challenges. Students engage in creative,hands-on experiences that use the arts to support academics and promote lifelong learning.
At A Glance
- Serving grades PreK-8
- Enrollment 306
- Principal: Chreese Jones
- Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Phone: 651-293-6606 (Lower, Grades PreK-4)
- Phone: 651-293-8690 (Upper, Grades 5-8)
- American Indian 2%
- Asian American 19.6%
- African American 31%
- Hispanic American 10.1%
- Caucasian American 37.3%
- Special Education 16.7%
- Free and Reduced Lunch 62.7%
- English Language Learning 35.9%
- Grade 3 reading test 47%
- Grade 3 math test 58%
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Global Arts Plus is to provide a quality, comprehensive, arts-infused education.