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Harding Fine Arts Academy

CSP in Action: Harding Fine Arts Academy

National Alliance

Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) is a college preparatory high school in Oklahoma City that focuses on the integration of arts and academics. Community leaders and fine arts advocates founded HFAA with the mission “to provide an arts-enriched learning environment merging aesthetic and academic content to enhance student achievement and to encourage arts-related careers and lifelong arts appreciation.” Students take classes in required academic subjects, including mathematics, English, science, and social studies, and can also select up to three elective classes in dance, music, theatre, or visual arts programs. Principal Barry Schmelzenbach said, “We’re very elective heavy for a school our size, which means that our students get a wide range of opportunities to take classes that they wouldn’t be able to in a traditional public school setting.”


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