DSA Leadership estimates it costs $6,250 to educate a DSA student in the arts and academics, but our 2017-18 allocation from DPS is $4,978 per student. If you rely solely on word of mouth advertising you are not actively building your school. Additionally, all museum schools have some form of an Exhibit Night to demonstrate and display their learning—events which often resemble the museum exhibit design process.
If you want to make a decent living from your martial art, you need to think very carefully about where you are going to have to locate your school and avoid the pitfalls that could make your business go under within its first year. So, while students may be at the peak of their physical powers, and perform equally well in a variety of cognitive tests, unless they display a positive attitude to life, they will be denied the ultimate prize in martial arts.
If a Taekwondo school can’t verify that they are associated with one of these organizations then their training, and the belts they grant to students, may not be valid or authentic. A school that is safe emotionally is one less stressful area in the lives of those who simply have enough stress being kids.
High schools (and now many universities) fail too often in their responsibility to help students develop as self educators. I feel that the visual arts is not respected enough and that Art school should be more aware of the industry and where it is going. Although gradings are not essential for a school to thrive, they are something a lot of students want in a school.
This includes cooperative efforts between artists, arts partners, and other educators to forge new and/or deepen existing models and strategies to successfully engage all students in meaningful learning in and through the arts. This must be what leads so many of our students and families to say that Victoria School of the Arts feels like ‘home’!