ERIC Number: ED341963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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Alternatives to Grouping: Pleasant View School for the Arts.
Pleasant View School for the Arts is a magnet school in northeast Ohio that draws from each level of the social strata and offers options for traditional grouping and tracking strategies in unique and effective ways. The school houses two basic programs: (1) the arts; and (2) gifted education, called the Kaleidoscope program. The arts program includes the study of drama, visual arts, dance, instrumental music, and vocal music. Special education students are mainstreamed into the school's programs and are also brought together in small group settings for special help. An emphasis is placed on process rather than product throughout the curriculum. Kaleidoscope students comprise about one-third of the school's population, and they are identified by achievement tests administered in the third grade and by committee review. Students are grouped heterogeneously in homerooms in grades 4 through 6, and take reading and language arts in their homerooms. Students in the Kaleidoscope program work on problem-solving and critical thinking activities. Teachers at the school are highly supportive of the program, stating that heterogeneous grouping allows for a variety of input from the children. Students often work in small groups, pairs, and individually, as well as in whole class situations. Achievement scores offer proof that the program at the school works. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pleasant View School for the Arts OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (81st, Seattle, WA, November 22-27, 1991).