Award Year: 2019
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy
102 High School Drive
Grand Prairie, TX, 75050-3737
Ms. Maria Schell, Principal at time of Nomination
Title I School, Choice School
Grand Prairie Independent School District
GPFAA is a school of choice intentionally focused on creating a unique school experience for the artistically and academically talented student.
- Black/African American: 15%
- White: 28%
- Hispanic: 50%
- Asian: 3%
- Two or more races: 4%
The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (GPFAA) is known for being extraordinary by design. Everything is intentionally focused on Capturing Kids Hearts while challenging students to think, create, and perform to exceedingly high expectations. GPFAA students are talented and unique. With high academic achievements and the pursuit of professional-level fine arts, students are unique in the way they learn and see the world. Through the integration of technology, student learning supports individual interests by providing significant choice to the student. The 1:1 technology initiative at GPFAA provides each student, regardless of background, equitable access to learning materials, empowering individuals to become creators who believe that their work matters.
Competing, performing, and touring are a part of all seven fine art strands. Traveling on a regular basis, and often missing classes for various fine arts experiences and events, is the norm at GPFAA. All teachers use an online educational platform to keep constant communication open with all their students. This program allows teachers to post, receive, and grade assignments, and give students feedback via direct messages. Many teachers will post videos of themselves, so that travelling students still have access to direct teaching and instruction. Technology provides the flexibility and accessibility to complete academic work while traveling, thus decreasing student stress levels. As the school grows and expands, the integration of technology will continue to be at our forefront as we redefine connected teaching and learning. Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy looks forward to forging new paths in public education while focusing on advanced academics and advanced fine arts with the integration of technology.