Theatre in Our Schools

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01-05-2017 12:05

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There are nearly 26,000 K-12 school-based theatre programs throughout the United States.
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Only 28% of public high schools in high poverty areas offer theatre instruction.
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The percentage of high schools offering theater courses in America is up 42% since 1970.
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95% of school administrators believe that theatre experiences improve students overall academic skills.
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“The evidence is crystal clear. Kids who get involved in the arts have higher grades, higher graduation rates, and higher college enrollment.” -Michelle Obama
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Only 4% of all public elementary schools offer theatre instruction.
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Training in acting classes improves language and memory skills.
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More than half of high school theatre teachers have no access to box office, orchestra pit, and costume shop resources.
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100% of school administrators agreed that theatre programs strengthen students’ creativity skills.
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Students with a high level of arts involvement are less likely to drop out of school.
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A study of Nobel Prize winners in science revealed that most have art related hobbies.
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82% of college theatre graduates go on to professional artist careers.
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Arts engaged students are more likely to invest in the arts later in life as consumers, creators, or performers than their peers who receive no arts education.
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A theatre intervention program can help improve socioemotional skills in autistic children.
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In 2008, African-American and Hispanic students had less than half the access to arts education as white students.
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“In theatre, you have the power to bring voice to those who have been marginalized, discriminated against, left out, overlooked, or silenced.” -Dr. Monique M. Chism, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of Education, speaking at the 2016 EdTA National Conference.
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In 2015, students who took four years of arts classes in high school scored an average of 92 points higher on their SATs than students who took only one half year or less.
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In 2011-12, on average, high schools spent $7,500 to produce a musical, and $2,700 to produce a non-musical play.
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95% of high schools offered theatre-related extra-curricular activities during the 2011-12 school year.
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Young children taught in theatre arts integration classrooms have higher attendance rates.
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Theatre experiences can positively impact patients with long-term bipolar illness.
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Nearly 62% of all high school theatre educators hold graduate degrees.
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Only 32% of all public secondary schools offer professional development for theatre educators.
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Creative drama enhances fluent and flexible thinking in young students.
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High poverty students with sustained involvement in theatre show substantial improvement in reading proficiency, gains in self-concept and motivation, and higher levels of empathy for others.
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98% of school administrators believe that theatre programs strengthen student’s critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and leadership skills.
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Middle school students who participate in drama programs are less likely to engage in risky, delinquent, and/or violent behaviors.
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Nearly two-thirds of corporate executives agree that a degree in the arts is the most significant indicator of creativity.
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At-risk eighth graders involved in the arts have better grades and are more likely to attend college than their friends who don’t participate in the arts.
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Young adults who had arts-rich experiences in high school are more likely to engage in public volunteerism.
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The arts are a well-rounded subject area under the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, similar to math, English, and other curricular academics.

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