The Vision

HIAT uses a comprehensive school-wide Arts-Integrated framework, which incorporates experiential learning, technology, visual and performing arts into the school curriculum ensuring that all students, not just gifted or talented students have the opportunity to express themselves creatively through theatre, dance, music, technology, and visual art as a built-in part of their general education.

HIAT incorporates four essential components of an Arts-Integrated education model into its school design. The four essential components are activities that 21st Century scholars do with works of art and the respective disciplines through which such aspects of the art experience may be studied and explored:

HIAT scholars will make artworks by creating images intended to have expressive or aesthetic character. Art demonstrates the power of imagery to convey cultural and social meanings. The creation of art involves the active manipulation of selected materials using various techniques (theatre, music, dance, technology and visual
art). College and career ready world problem solvers who do such work become artists and innovators because they are interested in production and creative thinking.

HIAT scholars will understand and value the contributions of art in society and culture by exploring art in a variety of historical contexts. This enables art objects to be understood both for aesthetics and for significant messages and values across time and space. College and career ready world problem solvers who study the multiple historical and cultural dimensions of art become historians.

HIAT scholars will look at artworks and experience the impact of visual properties and qualities in the works. College and career ready world problem solvers who learn to look at art, analyze the forms, offer multiple interpretations of the meaning, make judgments, talk and write about what they see, think and feel are doing art criticism and thinking critically.

HIAT scholars will reflect upon the experience of art with others, its impact and meaning. Such judgments depend upon an understanding of art‖s meaning and value, the nature of art objects and the elements that make the experience of art unique. College and career ready world problem solvers, who practice the discipline of aesthetics, are curious about and who raise questions about art become philosophers and social scientists able to communicate globally and collaborate effectively.

It is through the integration of these four disciplines using experiential learning and technology that the students of HIAT will acquire the required content that makes art education substantive and consequential. According to the Kennedy Center, Arts-Integration is an approach to teaching and the vehicle for learning. Students meet dual learning objectives when they engage in the creative process to explore connections between art forms and other subject areas to gain greater understanding.

HIAT students will flourish in an active hands-on technology-rich learning environment where they are required to solve real-world problems and challenge one another‖s thinking using a Socratic method of inquiry and questioning called experiential learning. This will equip students with an educational foundation that fosters academic success, encourages the pursuit of excellence in advanced education, creates contributing members of the society and ultimately produces innovative world problem solvers.

HIAT provides a learning environment with positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) that create a culturally responsive school climate and classroom community where students can strengthen cultural awareness by practicing the pillars of Character Education: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

HIAT students will learn to influence the world with creativity, producing art and technological innovations to help transform the community in which they reside. HIAT will bring diverse generations of learners, parents and business owners together to create 9 services for the community. We will seek out community partnerships and become a partnership, providing classes for adults in parenting, problem-solving, technology, innovation, visual and performing arts.