The school is one of the theme schools for the district of New Brunswick. The school integrates the arts into the established district curriculum providing opportunities for students to participate in Math, Language Arts and other academic activities through the arts. Teachers and staff participate in professional development activities that support teachers in both integrating the arts into instruction and also in providing students with rigorous, and challenging activities that include high level tasks that promote student achievement.
Students in the school benefit from access to state of the art technology including access to Chromebooks for students in grades 3 through 6, five laptop computers in classrooms for students in Kindergarten through grade 2. Teachers utilize the Google platform to provide students with opportunities to interact with instructors and their peers through the Google Applications for Education (GAFE) tools. Teachers can create collaborative activities for students to demonstrate their learning. Through the GAFE tools teachers are able to reduce the amount of paper used in the classroom as many learning activities can be completed online allowing teachers to provide instant feedback to students.
Teachers from Kindergarten through Grade 2 use the Journeys series to support delivery of the district Literacy curriculum. In addition, classroom teachers utilize regular Guided Reading, Writer's Workshop and Reader's Workshop to support students in building literacy skills. Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop are also cornerstones of the Literacy program for students in grades 3 through 6. Students also work with several whole class novels as well as Guided Reading and leveled readers to provide students with a variety of tools to promote the development of literacy skills. Teachers assess student progress with running records and the DRA2 assessment.
Classroom teachers focus on providing students with engaging, high level tasks that promote the development of independent thinking and reasoning skills in Math. Teachers seek to support students in developing fluency with numbers and mathematical operations.
Students in grade 6 have the opportunity to take Honors classes in Math and Language Arts where they have the chance to explore these subject areas in a fast paced setting where they will be challenged by teachers and their peers.
As the school transitions into a fully formed theme school for the arts over the next several years, we are excited to continue our existing partnerships with groups such as George Street Playhouse with whom we have in-school theater residencies with teaching artists, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company which provides a vibrant dance residency for students in our upper grades. The school has an ongoing partnership with The Civic League of Greater New Brunswick supporting students in after school programs. In addition, students and teachers will continue partnerships with the American Repertory Ballet and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Our students will benefit from these and other experiences with professionals in the world of the arts as we provide students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 (in our expanded school after the two year expansion and renovation project) opportunities to be Prepared, Empowered, and Inspired Leaders and Lifelong Learners.
Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts
40 Van Dyke Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-745-5300, ext. 7200