Louisiana A+ Schools Announced

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) is proud to announce the first seven schools accepted into the Louisiana A+ (LAA+) Schools network for the 2013/2014 school year. Listed below, these seven schools were recognized during Lt. Governor Dardenne's Culture Awards in Baton Rouge on April 23rd (part of Jay Dardenne's Culture Connection Day) and presented with a LAA+ banner. The Culture Awards are sponsored by The Office of the Lt. Governor and the Office of Cultural Development, in partnership with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation.

"We are excited to announce the first seven schools accepted into the Louisiana A+ network," says Bethany France, Director of Louisiana A+ Schools. "We look forward to partnering with Lt. Governor Dardenne to honor the commitment of these schools. Through his ongoing support of arts in education, Lt. Governor Dardenne has helped pave the way for this initiative."

A+ Schools believes in arts-integration, a system that infuses art, reflection, performance and other methods of understanding into every subject of learning. The network provides teachers with the essentials to think more creatively about how students can apply learning to the real world, and how they can present curricula to students in ways they learn best.

"Arts educations yields comprehensive benefits to students and we need to do all we do all we can to ensure its inclusion in our schools' curicula," says Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. "We are thrilled to be a part of the Louisiana A+ network and wish the selected schools the best in shaping our students' creative minds."

LAA+ is the first whole school arts-integrated reform initiative of its kind to enter Louisiana.

"These schools have demonstrated their commitment to innovative learning and the importance of the arts in every classroom," says France. "They join a nationwide network of over 120 schools that are focused on whole school research-based transformation through the arts."

For more information about Louisiana A+ Schools, please visit For more information about the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, please visit
WHO: 2013/2014 Louisiana A+ Schools:
The Dufrocq School: Baton Rouge
Grace Episcopal School: Monroe
Epiphany Day School: New Iberia
Riverside Academy: Reserve
Homer A. Plessy Community School: New Orleans
Martin Behrman Academy of Creative Arts and Sciences: New Orleans
South Highlands Elementary Magnet: Shreveport




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