Five Schools Share $7.8 Million Federal Grant

The Long Beach Unified School District will receive a $7.8 million three-year grant to support arts and academic achievement in the middle grades and beyond. U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced the grant Tuesday as part of $108 million in No Child Left Behind grants to be shared by magnet schools in 50 school districts nationwide. The Long Beach grant will benefit Butler K-8 School, Hill Classical Middle School, Hudson K-8 School, Stephens Middle School and Renaissance High School for the Arts. These magnet schools offer a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students. Butler will upgrade its visual and performing arts magnet, adding new technology and enhancing dance, theater and arts instruction. An electronic piano lab and digital editing class will be added. Butler’s magnet will prepare middle school students for nearby Renaissance High School for the Arts. Hill Classical Middle School will enhance its existing classical school by adding a computer lab and more electives such as intensive algebra, Spanish, French, speech/debate, psychology, dance and advanced art. Hudson will offer International Baccalaureate, nationally recognized coursework that includes English, Spanish, social studies, math, arts, science and technology. The school plans to upgrade its computer lab, increase music offerings and offer field trips that boost learning in all subjects. Graduating students will be prepared to enter International Baccalaureate at Jordan High School. Stephens Middle School’s performing arts magnet will extend its school day to include more academic electives and orchestra, theater arts, video art and animation, ballet and dance. Renaissance High School for the Arts will expand to offer a full visual and performing arts curriculum and advanced academics that meet University of California entrance requirements. The school will offer Advanced Placement biology, pre-calculus, psychology, digital art and imaging, 3-D art, piano, and all levels of dance, choir and theater arts.