Arts education is essential to the development of the whole child. To this end, Micheltorena provides orchestra and vocal music instruction to the students. As an Arts Program School we are beneficiaries of an LAUSD benefit that provides expert dance, drama, and visual arts instruction to all students.
Micheltorena Arts Plan: Micheltorena is partnering with Blue Palm Art Culture Education, a Silver Lake-based nonprofit arts education organization, to design a sustainable, comprehensive arts plan for Micheltorena Elementary School, called the Micheltorena Arts Plan. This plan will include not only Theater, Dance, Visual Arts, and Music, but also Culinary Arts, Media Arts, and other Creative Professions. MAC will draw on the participation of creative individuals from the local neighborhood who will share their expertise to prepare local students for the creative workplace. To read more, click on the “Arts Plan” link at your left.
Science Our two new science laboratories opened in 2008. These facilities are instrumental in fortifying our students’ understanding of physical, earth, and life sciences.
Technology Our school features an up-to-date, Mac-based computer lab and three mobile Apple Macbook labs. Our video teleconferencing program launched in 2008 provided students with virtual field trips to NASA.
Free before- and after-school programs: Ready, Set, Go! program offers before-school care from 6am until the start of the school day. The program is hosted at the school and provides a safe environment for children and ensures they are ready for the school day. The program endeavors to engage children in meaningful and fun learning activities, provides breakfast and involve them in light recreational games and activities.
The Young Storytellers Foundation program is a nine-week, one-on-one program in screenwriting for selected 4th and 5th grade students. The Elementary School Program runs weekly during school hours. A Volunteer Head-Mentor, trained by YSF, runs each class. Each student is given an individual mentor from the entertainment industry to work with them one-on-one and guide and encourage them as they imagine and develop their own short screenplay. At the culmination of sessions, Hollywood actors volunteer to perform the students’ scripts at an in-school assembly, called the “Big Show,” which this year will be held on November 30.
Read about our after-school programs here.