Project GRAD Houston
3000 Richmond, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77098
Ann B. Stiles, Ed. D.
The Project GRAD Fine Arts Program is in its tenth year serving students that attend the five elementary schools and one middle school of the Jefferson Davis High School feeder pattern, a community of approximately 5,400 students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). The students from the six participating schools are 97% minority, and 96% of whom live at or below the poverty level ($19,300 for a family of four, U.S. Census Bureau 2005).
In 2008-2009, an Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant from the U.S. Department of Education enhanced program offerings in instrumental music, choir and visual arts by supporting the inclusion of keyboarding, drama and opera. Comprehensive and integrated instruction is aligned with national and state-mandated standards. Arts specialist teachers provide students with weekly instruction in both art and music. Classroom teachers receive assistance to embed the arts in their teaching. Community artists visit the schools, and the students move into their community as artists, performing and displaying art. These elements work together to produce well-rounded students who are the fine arts performers and audiences of our future.
The mission of Project GRAD is to ensure a quality public education for all students in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school and college graduation rates increase.