The power behind extracurricular activities

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Although a rigorous academic program is important to a child’s education, stimulating the mind outside the classroom is just as powerful. Challenging children to think “outside the box” and engage different parts of the brain ultimately leads to critical thinking and the ability to uniquely problem solve; however, the importance behind extracurricular activities that engage these parts of the mind like acting, musical theater and fashion design, are commonly underappreciated. To encourage those to live life outside the classroom and raise awareness of the arts, JDS Creative Academy (JDSCA) has structured certain classes to meet the 4th- through 12th- grade California Education Code for Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA). The Creative Academy uses the STEAM model of education and de
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