Woodland Heights Elementary

District: Spartanburg 6  /  Site Since 2006

The mission of Woodland Heights Elementary School is to immerse students in the arts as an integral part of a quality education. For 435 students in grades K4-5th grades, arts integration has proven to be a tool for engagement, success, and enjoyment for this suburban Title I school in Spartanburg School District Six in Spartanburg County. Students receive standards-based instruction in music, visual art, dance, drama and creative writing through a variety of innovative and creative strategies with certified teachers, artists in residence for each grade level, extended residencies, college interns, local artists, and classroom teachers. Qualified students also receive additional instruction in GT music and visual art. Students have opportunities to attend after school honor chorus, and before school strings, and band in fifth grade. Each grade level performs an annual production that results from a collaboration of the arts department and the classroom teachers embracing multiple disciplines for the performances’ content. Infused lessons appropriate for the content are taught in collaboration with the music and visual art teachers. Eager and excited teachers assist with the annual summer camp allowing students experiences with dance, drama, music, visual art, technology and an additional Artist in Residence. WHES is the recipient of the ABC Grant, DAP grant, Donors Choose grants, Spartanburg Junior League Grants, the Chapman Cultural Center Community Grant for our summer camp, and SCEA grants. WHES receives additional support for the Artist in Residency Program through additional district allocations permitting the school to sustain its mission and progress in addressing growing achievement in all content areas including the arts. WHES also enjoys a strong community partnership through the Business Partnership program, has continued and generous parent support, is an active Kennedy Center Partner, and possesses a strong and diverse ABC Steering Committee. The school motto remains, “The Arts are Alive at WHES!”

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1216 John B. White Sr. Boulevard
Spartanburg, SC 29306

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