Invitation to Create: Washington Center for the Performing Arts/Avanti High School Partnership

    Avanti High School’s arts-integrated curriculum reflects the school’s capacity for thinking outside traditional teaching norms in order to better fit the unique needs of its students. Upwards of 97 percent of Avanti students have an anxiety disorder, and the school community of 150 endured 24 suicide attempts last year.

    But the arts have been shown to have positive emotional effects. For example, they have been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, and can help people confront and process difficult emotions like frustration, grief, and anger. In conjunction with traditional academic subjects, Avanti’s creative curriculum aims to create spaces that promote healing, boost confidence, and cultivate success.

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