Harrison School for the Arts

County: Polk
Number of Students: 387

750 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland, Fl 33801
Phone: 863-499-2855
Website: www.harrisonarts.com

Principal: Craig Collins
Email: [email protected]

Superintendent: Gail F. McKinzie, Ph.D.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (863) 534-0521

School Board President: Frank J. O’Reilly
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (863) 647-1390

Students served:

Hispanic 6%
White 82%
Black 11%
Other 1%

For more school information, please visit: www.harrisonarts.com

The Arts at Harrison School for the Arts:

Musical Theater
Theater/Theater Tech
Visual Arts

Our Arts Teaching Team includes:

Visual Arts: 3 teachers
Orchestra: 2 teachers
Chorus: 2 teachers
Musical Theater:
Theater/Theater Tech: 2 teachers
Piano: 1 teacher
Dance: 2 teachers. Additionally, internationally renown dance instructors instruct master classes for the Harrison dancers. Recent guest artists include Risa Steinberg (Jose Limon Dance Company, Julliard faculty), Gwen Welliver (Doug Varone Dance Company), Brian Murphy (Ohio Ballet), Donald Byrd Dance Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Ann Reinking, and Savion Glover.

Our Schedule:
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A Visit to Our School:
Harrison is located in Lakeland, Florida, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Harrison was created in 1990 as a Special Purpose School and is in partnership with the Polk Museum of Art, the City of Lakeland, and Florida Southern College. Students are dually enrolled in their co-curricular academic classes in a regular high school setting at Lakeland Senior High School, which is adjacent to the Harrison campus. Students are afforded the benefits of a wide range of both standard and honors courses, with opportunities for advanced placement credit in visual and performing arts academics as well as in traditional academic classes. Harrison draws students from the entire demographic area of Polk County.

Harrison offers a unique scheduling model where students are dually enrolled with another high school. This provides visitors with a distinct perspective of the cooperative facilitation necessary to make programs like this successful.

Harrison offers an enriched arts education for students with a demonstrated talent in music, drama, dance, and the visual arts. The program develops both the academic and artistic skills of students interested in artistic careers as well as an appreciation of the arts for those who may choose other fields.

Our Special Arts Programs:
The focus on the processes of artistic creation allows Harrison to stand out as an arts-specific school. The instructional objectives and student expectations are aligned such that students learn about their respective artistic crafts in a controlled academic setting. This teaches students about the entire artistic process, not about the end product. By doing this, Harrison graduates are prepared for post-secondary educational opportunities. These opportunities may include pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher in an artistic field or any other academic area. In either case, the four-year arts curriculum at Harrison does an exceptional job of focusing instruction on the entire creative process.

The total scholarship amount awarded to the sixty-five seniors of the Class of 2007 was $4,436,905.00.

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