Delegates learn about The Foundations School’s art-centric curriculum and impressive literacy results

(WEST PALM BEACH) – As families prepare their students to head back to the classroom next month, politicians and aids had their own taste of back to school recently when they toured a newly launched academic program in West Palm Beach. The Center for Creative Education hosted the group to hear more about their impressive results in literary proficiency after opening The Foundations School in January 2021. The delegates met with students, teachers and school leadership, and enjoyed a luncheon where they learned how an arts-integrated approach to education has increased student reading proficiency by more than 30 percent at CCE’s newest program.

Bob Hamon and Rick Roth

Representative Rick Roth and his aide, as well as district aides and staff to Representatives Michael Caruso, Kelly Skidmore, Emily Slosberg, John Snyder and Matt Willhite; Senators Omari Hardy, Gayle Harrell, and Bobby Powell, and aides and staff from the offices of Congressman Brian Mast and Congresswoman Lois Frankel were among the visitors.

“Our recent testing shows that in the first five months after opening in January, our students have increased their literary proficiency from nine percent to over 40 percent,” said Robert L. Hamon, CCE’s President and CEO. “Our focus is on ensuring grade-level reading. As the foundation for all learning, reading is not only a building block, but a student’s most crucial academic skill. Through third grade, children are learning to read; after third grade, children are reading to learn.”

As part of its approach, The Foundations School uses small class sizes, flexible grouping, arts integration, and highly qualified and dedicated educators. A low student-to-teacher ratio and a sense of community in the classroom ensure opportunities to customize learning activities to match students’ learning styles and academic goals. Targeted for students in underserved communities, the independent school uses a sliding fee scale based on household size and income, and no one is turned away for inability to pay. 

“We are honored to share The Foundations School’s mission with our esteemed state and local politicians to call attention to the life-changing work already taking place at our new kindergarten through third -grade school,” continued Hamon. “The Foundations School gives students the best foundations for success through a student-centered, creative, arts-integrated approach to teaching and learning, all while having fun.”

Pam Miller and Michele Kukla

To learn more about enrollment at The Foundations School this fall, visit cceflorida.org or call Dr. Kevin Kovacs at 561.805.9927; extension 118. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Center for Creative Education, a 501(c)(3), please call Vivianne Hall at 561.805.9927; extension 105.