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TSMS launches Leadership Conservatory
Article published on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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A new magnet program is being offered at Tarpon Springs Middle School.
TARPON SPRINGS – At Tarpon Springs Middle School, we are excited to offer even more opportunities for students with the launch of an innovative and engaging new program, the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts.

This program will positively impact our students, our school and our community as a whole. We are very proud of our school’s rich history as a high performing neighborhood school with deep ties to our beautiful community. Our school, rated an “A” school by the state Department of Education each year since 2001, offers something special for each child, from advanced academic programs to fun, award-winning clubs.

The new magnet program also incorporates an internationally recognized curriculum from the University of Cambridge. Building on our academic excellence, the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts with the Pre-Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) will be the first of its kind at the middle school level in Pinellas County.

The magnet program will integrate leadership training with academics, technology and the arts to prepare our students for a successful future in our global community. The name of our school may sound familiar to you. The Leadership Conservatory is modeled after the international award-winning program at nearby Tarpon Springs High School. Our program will provide a natural educational pathway for students, preparing them for their educational journey to high school and beyond.

Tarpon Springs is known as a community that embraces and supports the arts. We know from research that students who participate in arts education score higher on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate than students not involved in the arts. It was with that knowledge and appreciation that our school began bolstering our arts programs several years ago.

Our new Leadership Conservatory will help us continue to cultivate our arts programs, while the addition of the highly regarded AICE curriculum will provide additional rigor and relevance to help students transition successfully into any advanced academic program at the high school level. The program will create a unique learning environment for students to explore, develop and apply their leadership skills in a high-level performing arts program.

The benefits of our magnet program are far-reaching. Students need not be a part of the magnet program to reap the rewards of the conservatory. All students at Tarpon Springs Middle will get to take advantage of the opportunities for enrichment through the new program and enhanced curriculum.

As we launch this new program, which will be available to students throughout North Pinellas County, we invite the community to come see what our new program is all about. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like more information, please email program coordinator Margaret Attkinsson at attkissonm@pcsb.org or contact the district’s Student Assignment office at 588-6210. You can also register your child for the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts by visiting www.pcsb.org/registration.

Susan Keller is the principal of Tarpon Springs Middle School.
Article published on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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