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FWAFA Named to Texas Honors Circle

2.5.2015

FORT WORTH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS NAMED TO TEXAS HONORS CIRCLE

 Fort Worth, TX— Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) has been named to the Texas Honors Circle for excellence in fiscal management while maintaining strong student progress.

               The Texas Honors Circle was created by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to recognize charter and public schools that have achieved significant student academic growth while keeping spending relatively low. FWAFA won this award by earning five stars – the highest rating – in the Comptroller’s 2014 Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST) ratings. Only 46 school districts and charter school operators in Texas have earned this rating.

               “As a charter school, we receive about $1,200 per student less than our public school peers in state funding. Because of this shortfall, we have to be very creative in our approach to spending,” said Executive Director Clint Riley. “Although we receive less money, our staff and students still set and achieve high standards in the classroom. We could not be prouder to be recognized by the state for our accomplishments.”

               In addition to this most recent achievement, this year FWAFA was ranked #84 nationally among public high schools by The Daily Beast, rated a top high school by U. S. News and World Report for the fourth year in a row, and awarded the High Performance Award by the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA).

               Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts is a nationally ranked public charter school providing excellence in arts and academic education for North Texas youth. In addition to a rigorous classroom schedule, students receive training in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Admission to FWAFA is by audition and more than 500 talented students are enrolled. Each year, the school produces a complete season of performances and exhibitions for the community at large, including art exhibits and concerts, and ballet, modern dance and theater performances. In all, students performed for more than 200,000 people in the last academic year.

 

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