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Fine Arts Academy to Relocate to 9th Grade Center

Due to the overwhelming success of the Fine Arts Academy at Reagan Middle School, the Grand Prairie Independent School District has decided to relocate the school of choice to the current Grand Prairie High School 9th Grade Center. The move is set for August this year.

Ninth grade students will move to Grand Prairie High School which will become a 9th through 12th grade campus.

In a letter to parents of Fine Arts Academy students, School Superintendent Dr. Susan Hull said it has become necessary to move to a building with more capacity in order to grow and expand the unique arts focused program.

The move will enable the school district to fulfill all academy expectations such as:

  • Access to Chambers-Keel Theatre and The Black Box Theatre, both state-of-the-art performance venues
  • Closer access to DFW museums and performance venues
  • Schedule flexibility to establish a true fine arts academy core cohort
  • Arts concepts infused into the core curriculum
Named The Grand Prairie ISD Fine Arts Academy, the new school it will be a 6th grade through 12th grade stand-alone magnet campus with its own administrative staff and teachers. The district recently named Maria Schell as its principal.

Enrollment is to begin with approximately 500 fine arts students. The district anticipates 1,000 students enrolled at the academy within three years.

School district spokesman Sam Buchmeyer said for student safety, middle school classes will be separate from the high school classes. Students will also be in separate areas of the building along with having separate class schedules. Students will interact across grade levels in some controlled, anticipated settings.