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Altadena's Eliot Middle School Changing into Arts Magnet School

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

While Eliot Middle School has been known as struggling school with low state test results and suffering attendance in the Pasadena Unified School District, it is taking a turn, according to a recent report.

“... Eliot is hoping to make a big comeback. Backed by more than $1.5 million in federal grant dollars, teachers and administrators have turned the school into an arts magnet, informally renaming it Eliot Arts,” 89.3 KPCC reported Monday.

Karen Klages, a music teacher at the school, told KPCC that she sees the arts building leadership. The school has recently expanded its class offerings to include dance and theater. In addition, there are plans to renovate the auditorium, add a multimedia lab for students and expand staff, according to the news station.

“In three years, when the work is done, Eliot will be the largest visual and performing arts school in Altadena,” according to district official quoted.

Read more online at KPCC.

Steve Lamb February 03, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Uh.....As a lifelong practicing ARTIST, I don't know what to make of this. What a Artist needs is the opportunity to have a wide ranging education in all subjects where they can go deep in what interests them. They need a good foundation in History, Literature, Mathematics, Science and a lot of time in SHOP CLASS...One suspects this program will be none of that,
Surf's Up February 03, 2014 at 11:26 PM
Science and arts focused high schools have traditionally provided both well. It is usually a prerequisite that fundamentals are met before students can partake in the added benefits. With arts and music programs being cut from most schools due to budget cuts, it is a breath of fresh air when this trend is not only reversed - but budding artists are given a real shot at a rounded education.
Steve Lamb February 04, 2014 at 12:07 AM
Except of course that It didn't work at the PHS Visual Arts Academy, nor at McKinnley.........and unless the PUSD is going to make a major ongoing commitment, its not going to happen at Eliot either.
Linda R February 04, 2014 at 01:40 PM
I agree with Steve.......if the school has been struggling with academic success then that needs to be improved before anything like this project is attempted.....students need a foundation in all the academics plus what Steve mentioned.....not all students will become proficient musicians, actors or celebrities and they need an education to fall back on Another wasted project by PUSD.
Linda R February 04, 2014 at 01:42 PM
p.s. It will be the ONLY visual arts center in Altadena, a down to earth community devoid of city-fication! We are not a big city place!
Surf's Up February 05, 2014 at 12:25 AM
So Altadena won't get Julliard or say Bronx High School Of Science is what you are both saying?

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