This fall, ASTEP will begin providing after-school creative arts classes to students at Claremont International High School (CLIHS) in the Bronx. Thanks to a strong partnership with Claremont’s Principal, Elizabeth Demchak, ASTEP has been invited to help ensure the school’s first year is a success!
“Principal Demchak believes that an integrated staff that embraces the arts as a fundamental teaching tool are the keys to engaging English Language Learners. She has brought us on board precisely because she recognizes our commitment to empowering teachers and our belief that the arts can set a student’s mind free.” – Mauricio Salgado, Director of Domestic Programs
The mission of Claremont International High School is to build upon the diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds of English Language Learners (ELLs) in New York City and to create an academically stimulating and nurturing learning community that prepares students for success in college and beyond. Students will learn to cultivate intellectual curiosity, advance critical thinking skills, and develop empathy as global citizens through the integration of language and the arts in all classes. Students will complete an internship during their junior year and have the opportunity to participate in College Now courses. The majority of CLIHS students are from Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Togo.
ASTEP will lead two classes, a visual art and movement class, once a week and both classes will culminate in a performance for the community at the end of the semester. Alejandro Rodriguez, a long time ASTEP Volunteer Artist and newly minted ASTEP Program Coordinator, will be leading the Volunteer Artists in the development of their curriculum. We are very excited for this first semester and will be posting new volunteer opportunities as soon as they arise!