TLHS employs a unique emphasis on the integration of arts-infused educational initiatives as the vehicles for social change and individual growth. Through our innovative teaching techniques that address all aspects of the student from intellectual to social and artistic, we help each student to reach his or her goals.
Interdisciplinary approaches to the arts as forms of community service augment the core curriculum in a way that stimulates young minds and motivates young people. Leadership training and conflict resolution are additional components of the curriculum that we use to help students acquire the tools they need to become co-creators of a world they can believe in.
We are committed to improving the quality and performance of the students in each project, endeavor, and subject they pursue. We believe that the arts play crucial and multiple roles in doing so. In addition, by instructing students in non-profit management and traditional business practices, students will be equipped to take their interest in social justice through the arts into society and, if they desire, to make a living at doing so in the future.
To achieve this, we meet each student as his or her own ability level, whether high or low upon entry, and work with that student to meet our goals. Another distinguishing element of our teaching is our hands-on approach. While direct instruction is still an important teaching strategy, the research indicates that adolescents learn best through interaction and active, hands-on learning.
At Toussaint L'Ouverture High School, teachers expose students to the connections among and between subjects. For example, students may participate in such interdisciplinary activities as community gardening, business partnerships, grant-writing, and public performance production. Each activity is designed to teach an array of skills and ideas that they can then apply to real life.
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