At Neighborhood Music School(NMS), creative learning is at the center of everything that takes place. This was foremost in developing the Academic Theatre Lab on Audubon Street (ATLAS), a small progressive middle school for 7th and 8th graders, opening in September of 2019, located at NMS on Audubon Street in New Haven. The school is tuition-based, however financial aid is available for qualified students. ATLAS is now accepting applications for the 2019 School Year. Students interested in enrollment can attend an experiential workshop for students (ages 11-12) to explore activities similar to those that will take place during a typical day at ATLAS.
Student workshops will be: Saturday, October 13 from 1 - 4 pm Saturday, November 3, from 1- 4 pm There will also be parent information sessions held on: Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 pm Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 p.
Weekly Admissions “Tea & Tours” will be held on Thursdays at 2 pm. Advance registration is required for all events. Please RSVP to ATLAS@nmsnewhaven.org. For more information about ATLAS, visit www.atlasmiddleschool.org. About ATLAS Created at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by Maria Giarrizzo-Bartz and Caroline Golschneider, ATLAS was developed in response to a local need for a middle-school environment offering experiential, arts-based learning, social-emotional development and a strong sense of community. This arts-based school will help students evolve into independent thinkers and active learners, promoting social, emotional, intellectual, creative and physical development along the way. At ATLAS, students direct their own learning by running all aspects of a theatre company, including production, performance, budget and marketing, using the process to explore essential questions in literature, science, history, math, and beyond. But ATLAS isn’t just for kids who are interested in theatre.
Students pursue different learning pathways within theatre, while still working as a team to create a final product. For example, an introverted young person might flourish as the designated stage-manager on a production, gaining valuable organization and leadership skills. Another might oversee the set design and construction, using design thinking, technology, and engineering to complete their work. By connecting academics to artistic production, students will be challenged to examine the human experience, so that they can shape their own. ATLAS is a pioneering middle school model designed the meet the needs of 21st century learners
The following are quotes from some parents of prospective ATLAS students:
“ATLAS is our family’s enthusiastic first choice because its educational philosophy embodies what we believe a middle school should be: a place where creativity and compassion are viewed as central tenets of a good education, where independent thinking is encouraged, and where academic skills are taught in the context of their connection to a unified whole—in this case, theatre production, which in turn connects us to the world it mirrors and shapes.” - Parent of Prospective ATLAS Student
“ATLAS’s mission -- about being a human being -- that’s what I want [for my child]. That independent choice. The freedom to make his choices. [...] I was in love. I was like, ‘I’m sold. Yes.’” - Parent of Prospective ATLAS Student
“I am thrilled to witness the launch of ATLAS because its concept defines the meaning of 21st Century Learning. An environment like ATLAS integrates innovation, community and intellectual growth, which is the trifecta for optimal brain development during middle adolescence. I believe ATLAS is the true meaning of education.” - Lauren Osso, Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CSC
“[ATLAS] appreciates, values, and fosters creative expression as much as academic ability and has the children at the center of its philosophy. It is because ATLAS exhibits these qualities in its intended learning environment that our family is hoping to become part of the ATLAS community next fall.” - Parent of Prospective ATLAS Student
About Neighborhood Music School Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is the largest non-profit community arts organization in Connecticut. Founded in 1911 as part of the settlement house movement serving new immigrants to New Haven and now serving nearly 3,000 students from 80-plus cities and towns annually, NMS continues its mission to create community, spark potential and share joy through the arts.
NMS students, ranging in age from toddlers to seniors in their 90s, receive individual and group instruction in music, dance and drama and participate in over 100 weekly ensembles. NMS also houses a certified arts-integrated preschool and toddler program, an After-School Arts Academy and several popular summer programs. In addition, NMS provides more than $275,000 in financial aid and tuition support for 550 students each year.
NMS programs are made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development - Office of the Arts, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Carolyn Foundation, The Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust and the Liberty Bank Foundation, along with many other generous foundations and individuals. ###
Photos by Stephanie Anestis