McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy

County: Polk
Number of Students:

Address: 800 South 4th Street, Lake Wales, Florida
Phone: 863-678-4233
School Website:

Principal: Matt Burkett
Email: [email protected]

Superintendent: Sherrie Nickell, Ed.D.
Phone: 863-534-0521
Email: [email protected]

School Board President: Kay Fields
Phone: (863) 802-5483
Email: [email protected]

District Media Relations Rep: Leah Lauderdale
Phone: (863) 534-0698
Email: [email protected]

Type of School: Title One, Visual and Preforming Arts
Grade Levels: 6-12

Our Arts Teaching Team includes:

Visual Arts: 3
Music: 3
Theatre: 4
Dance: 1
Additional Arts Teachers: 1

A View of McLaughlin:
McLaughlin is an arts infused school promoting arts education in academic and arts disciplines. More than 90% of the student body is enrolled in one or more classes in the arts. Students choose what class or classes in the arts they would like to enroll in and are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, with staff guidance. Offerings are made in 9 arts disciplines including: band, chorus, dance, drama, guitar, orchestra, 2D, 3D, and graphic arts. Students, who choose to select a major, receive 90 minutes of instruction (2 classes) daily in their discipline. Others may take a 45 minute class in the arts, while those students who wish to explore more of the arts may choose a wheel class .(There are three wheels: Instrumental band, orchestra, guitar; Musical Theater chorus, drama, dance; Visual Arts 2D, 3D, graphic arts.)All of our classes are open to students who are on free or reduced meals. Nominal fees are waved or reduced in order to offer every child opportunities in the arts. Our exceptional education students are served in all arts disciplines as well. Our school also has two self-contained education units that are served by the visual arts staff on a daily basis with their assigned teacher's assistant.

Measuring Arts Achievement
All art teachers at McLaughlin are certified and highly qualified. They base their lesson plans on the SSS and use the curriculum maps made available by the Polk County School District. The ultimate goal of ours arts curriculum is to provide our students a broad variety of experiences that will consequentially make our students well-rounded individuals. The arts curriculum is sequential in nature; it is designed to prepare our incoming 6th graders for the middle school artistic level, and consequentially prepare them for a successful high school artistic experience. Each art teacher evaluates students based on the Sunshine State Standards through the use of reading and writing assessments, collaborative projects, live performances, teacher-made tests, and county wide evaluations. Arts teachers pay special attention to students with unique needs such as ESOL and ESE; they apply strategies that help them succeed despite their limitations.

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