Fine Arts Summer Enrichment Program Improvement and Innovation Plan

Relevant details and data for the Fine Arts Summer Enrichment Program

Program Overview

Institute for the Arts

The Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a two or four-week summer program for middle and high school students interested in the performing and visual arts. Students take four, 70 minute classes that they select from a total of 90. These classes are in:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Health and PE 9
  • Music
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance,
  • Theatre

Many of these classes are unique to IFTA and are not available to students during the regular school year. Classes are taught in a supportive and fun environment. Students are encouraged to be themselves and pursue their artistic talents. The Institute for the Arts promotes the development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes by teaching students to become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and effective communicators.

Elementary Institute for the Arts

The Elementary Institute for the Arts is a weekly summer enrichment program for students that are rising 3rd to 6th graders. The program is exploratory and each day students attend a class in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance. Classes are taught in a supportive and fun environment. Students are encouraged to be themselves and pursue their artistic talents.

Scope of Impact

IFTA offered four unique 70 minute classes to 482 students in grades 6-11.  Elementary Institute for the Arts (EIFTA) offered classes to 196 students.

HPE9 and Economics and Personal Finance were courses added to expand opportunities for IFTA students.  In addition, the IFTA master schedule and content of classes were revised to improve student access and engagement. 

Number of Students Served by School Level and Number of Sites

School Level Number of Sites Number of Students Served Number of *FRM Students
IFTA Session 1 1 318 39
IFTA Session 2 1 302 35
E-IFTA 1-4 1 291 42

*Free and Reduced Meals

Data Source: Local Files

Strategic Action and Measures

Updated for the 2022-2023 school year.

Goal 1

For Summer 2023, increase equitable access to the program for free and reduced meal (FRM) students by 5%.

Actions:  

  • Apply tuition waiver for students with free and reduced meals (FRM) status.
  • Outreach to schools with a high percentage of FRM students and make sure information of this program is accessible to these families. 
  • Work with the Family & School Partnerships specialists to connect with Parent Liaisons.
  • Contact the Deans of Students and SOSAs at MS & HS

Measures: 

  • Percentage of FRM students who participated in the program.
  • 30% of total enrollment will be reserved for this group.

Goal 2:


For Summer 2023, increase total student enrollment in the program by 15%.

Actions:  

  • Create new courses for students to select from in Art, Music, Theatre and Dance. 
  • Enlist teachers as community outreach resources.
  • Add customer surveys at the conclusion of each summer session to gather data to inform decision making for courses, instructors, and logistics for the following year.
  • Work alongside the Family and School Partnership Office to share IFTA information with families who have in the past not received it through FCPS emails and social media.

Measures:  

  • Compare total enrollment numbers across years.