CAMDEN CITY (07-0680-245)

Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy

The mission of the CREATIVE ARTS MORGAN VILLAGE ACADEMY is to enable students grades 6 -12 to excel academically and socially through a rigorous, data-driven arts infused college preparatory program that nurtures creativity, individuality and interpersonal skills and prepares students to succeed in post- secondary education and careers. CREATIVE ARTS MORGAN VILLAGE ACADEMY is a community-oriented public school where students embrace diversity, express individuality, demonstrate perseverance, self-sufficiency and strong academic and social skills.

CREATIVE ARTS MORGAN VILLAGE ACADEMY is a grade 6-12 arts-focused school that is located in Camden, New Jersey. We believe our school's focus on the creative and performing arts has enabled our students to develop the grit necessary to overcome even the most adverse circumstances. We believe that doing well depends on much more than measuring I.Q. Our students make strong connections to their learning and have a clear understanding of their role in their own success. We value a passion for learning, perseverance, and stamina.

The doors of the Creative Arts High School opened in 1999 and since then we have promoted academic and artistic excellence. Year after year our students have continuously excelled. During the 2011 -2012 our high school was merged with a middle school, Morgan Village Middle School to become Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy. We were able to successfully implement a school program and culture resulting in a unified school and positively changing the perception of the former middle school. Attendance increased to 95% for middle schools students and academic test scores improved, ranging from proficient to advanced proficient on the NJASK.

Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy has always had between a 95% and 100% graduation rate. In 2008 Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy was recognized by US News World Report as a Bronze Medal winner in its ranking of "Best High Schools 2008". We have between a 92% - 95% monthly attendance rate and 100% of our students are accepted into a two or four year college / university.

CREATIVE ARTS MORGAN VILLAGE ACADEMY uses the whole school reform model, High Schools that Work, Making the Middle Grades Work, and an arts infused curriculum. This holistic approach allows us to make systemic changes in order to meet the individual needs of our students. The Middle Schools That Work program aims to make middle school students ready for successful completion of high school. High Schools That Work is based on the belief that most students can master complex academic and technical concepts if schools create an environment that encourages students to make the effort to succeed.

- Arts infused schedules are developed that promote articulation between the art and academic teachers.
- Focus on particular arts area: dance, drama, creative writing, visual art, vocal music, instrumental music, costume design
- Rigorous academics: Middle school students have the opportunity to take Pre- Algebra in the 7th grade, Algebra I in the 8th grade, and begin to take honors level English classes. High school students will take Advanced Placement US History, Art History, Art Studio, Biology, English Language Literature, and US History, and college level courses offered at the school site

Our students have won numerous awards and accolades:

Jazz Band Awards:

2006 - NJAJE New Jersey State Champions

2007 - Berklee College of Music Jazz Championships 1st Place Big Band and 3rd Place Jazz Combo
NJAJE New Jersey State Championship Runner Up

2008 - NJAJE New Jersey State Champions
Berklee College of Music Jazz Championships 1st Place Big Band and 2nd Place Jazz Combo
Cavalcade of Bands Championships Yankee Division Finalist (Top Division for the Region)

2009 - NJAJE New Jersey State Championships Runner Up
Cavalcade of Bands Championships Yankee Division Finalist

2010 - NJAJE New Jersey State Championships Runner Up
Berklee College of Music Jazz Championships 1st Place Big Band and 1st Place Jazz Combo
Cavalcade of Bands Championships Yankee Division Finalist
TOB Atlantic Coast Jazz Championships World Class Champions

2011 - New Orleans heritage festival Champions-
Berklee College of Music Jazz Championships 1st Place Big Band
Cavalcade of Bands Yankee Division Champions
DownBeat Magazine Feature (attached starts pg 54)

2012- NJAJE New Jersey State Championships Runner Up
Berklee College of Music Jazz Championships 1st Place Big Band and 3rd Place Jazz Combo
Cavalcade of Bands Duke Ellington Division (formally Yankee) Champions
Monterrey Jazz Festival Next Generation Finalist 4th Place


2013- NJAJE New Jersey State Champions
Berklee College of Music Jazz Championships 1st Place Big Band and 2nd Place Jazz Combo
Cavalcade of Bands Championships Duke Ellington Division Finalist
Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Rockville MD) 1st Place Jazz Combo
Savannah Music Festival Swing Central Jazz Championships Finalist 4th Place

2014 - NJAJE New Jersey State Champions
Berklee College of Music Jazz Championships 1st Place Big Band and 1st Place Jazz Combo
Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Championships Duke Ellington Champions
Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Big Band Finalist (2nd Place) and 1st Place Jazz Combo

Fashion / Costume Design Awards:

Family, Career and Community Leaders of American
FCCLA State Leadership Conference 2013

Dalia Perez - 12th Grade
Gold Medal - Fashion Runway Career-wear and
Silver Medal - Recycle and Redesign

Ador Tolbert - 11th Grade Gold Medal - Fashion Runway Sportswear

Family, Career and Community Leaders of American
FCCLA State Leadership Conference 2014

Kimberly Flores - 11th Grade
Gold Metal 2nd Place - Fashion Runway Sportswear
$2000.00 Scholarship from Centenary College
$750.00 - Scholarship from Johnson & Wales
University
1 Free Summer Fashion Lab class during summer 2014

Daria Grant - 11th Grade
Gold Medal
Fashion Runway - Evening Wear

Samir McNair - 12th Grade
Silver Medal
Recycle & Redesign

Vocal Music Awards:

2003 Gold Cup in Italy
2004 two Gold Cups in Italy
2005 two Gold in Puerto Rico
2008 2 gold 3 silver in Orlando Florida
2009 3 Gold 2 silver in New York
2010 Won Championship Best overall choir in Virginia
2011 Won a combination of 19 awards with the band, show choir, choir, treble choir and orchestra
2012 Won Silver in Prague
2014 14 Gold awards in Nashville, Tennessee

Africa 2006 and Puerto Rico 2013 were concert tours