The cornerstone of our belief system at Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School is that the integration of the arts into academics augments student achievement. We recognize that every child lives, develops, and learns differently. In order to ensure success, we utilize these differences and provide all students with a challenging, comprehensive academic program infused with instruction that incorporates dance, music, theater and the visual arts. This arts-integrated approach to education is based on the philosophy that, when the skills of the artist--- creativity, problem-solving and self-expression--- are applied to learning in the academic disciplines, student achievement is maximized. As students experience the full range of artistic expression that flows from various world cultures, they will gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of the human family. Our arts-integrated curriculum is regularly analyzed and refined to ensure that teaching methods help reach all of our children. Within this philosophy is the embedded notion that students reflect on their own learning, collaborate with each other, think critically and creatively, problem solve regularly and progress towards a deeper understanding of themselves as a learner, an artist, and a global citizen.