Each year, Chicago Public Schools releases a report presenting the rankings for every school based off of the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). For the third year in a row, ChiArts is listed in the top category with a Level 1+ rating! This rating system is based off of many “indicators of success,” including student academic growth, school culture and climate, and preparation for post-graduation success. As Principal Wang stated, “Thank you to our faculty, staff, and students for their efforts in helping us achieve this elite status.”
With our first classes of scholar-artists graduating and pursuing professional development opportunities, ChiArts is thrilled to have hired four outstanding alumni in our Admissions, Theatre, and Visual Arts Conservatories! ChiArts is grateful for the knowledge, passion, and support our alumni community continuously gives back to our faculty and scholar-artists.
Sabina Valenica graduated ChiArts in 2013 and is now working as our Recruitment Coordinator in Admissions. Sabina is currently pursuing a double major at Northeastern Illinois University. Christian Helem and Janyce Caraballo (‘13) have joined our Theatre Conservatory as Teaching Assistants for the Musical Theatre and Stage Production courses. Christian is pursuing a degree in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois- Chicago and Janyce graduated as a Posse Scholar with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Music Performance from Denison University. The Visual Arts Conservatory is excited to have hired Moises Salazar (‘15) as a Teaching Assistant for AP Sculpture. Moises just graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and focuses on painting, ceramics, and fabrications. We look forward to watching these young professionals grow and thrive at ChiArts!
Led by Spanish teachers, Ms. Bonnan and Mr. Cashman, 15 scholar-artists started off their summers exploring the history, culture, and nature of Mexico.
On June 13, the ChiArts group traveled Mexico City and Puebla, visiting the Basilica of Guadalupe, Pyramids of Teotihuacán, Frida Kahlo Museum, and a safari park with over 3000 animals. In addition to visiting historical and natural sites, students had the opportunity to participate in a local cooking class, where they made their own tortillas by hand. Over the following four days, students focused on archeology of the Zapotecs in Oaxaca and nature of the coastal city, Huatulco. From climbing ancient pyramids to walking along the coast, we would like to thank Ms. Bonnan and Mr. Cashman for leading a wonderfully diverse itinerary!
On Tuesday, February 28, ChiArts students gathered as a whole school to welcome Mary Elliott, Co-Curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, which opened in September, aims to tell American history through an African American lens. Over one million people have already visited and there is currently a months-long waiting list for passes. Mary’s visit was a special behind-the-scenes look into the museum’s exhibits, highlighting the human context of African American history throughout the museum’s five floors.
ChiArts is grateful to BMO Harris Bank for bringing this special presentation to our students, and to Mary Elliott and the National Museum of African American History and Culture for an inspiring and transformative morning to close out Black History Month.
For details regarding Prom, Senior Luncheon, and Graduation, visit the “Student Resources” page on our website.
Dear ChiArts Families:
Please note that while CPS has closed schools on February 3 and April 7 for furlough days, ChiArts will be in session with a regular student schedule. All students are expected to attend on these days as usual.