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Museum Magnet and Arts Integration Program

The Capitol Hill Cluster School and the Capitol Hill community are committed to implementing a fully interdisciplinary museum magnet/arts integration program for Stuart-Hobson Middle School.

About the Museum Magnet and Arts Program
A museum magnet and arts integration school is an object- and project-based academic program that is implemented through partnerships with museums and cultural institutions. Learning in a museum magnet school includes research, writing, object creation, exhibition creation, and public speaking. It emphasizes critical inquiry and analysis in a process-oriented and interactive learning environment that is fully interdisciplinary and expands beyond the classroom walls to the museums, the community, and the world.

The museum magnet school leverages the educational power of museums and other community resources. It works on two levels: at the programmatic level by bringing museum programs and professional resources and expertise into the classroom; at the pedagogical level by facilitating collaborative interdisciplinary, process- and project-based learning.

Connecting Students to Outside Communities Through Learning
Museum learning links learning to the outside world of scholarship and also stresses the importance of sharing knowledge, analysis, and interpretation with different audiences. In the museum magnet school, students become part of knowledge-building communities beyond the school building and learn to take ownership over their learning.

Object- and project-based learning stimulates interest and investigation, facilitates reading, research, and writing across disciplines, provides a tangible focus for learning, and motivates students to be more engaged in the learning process.

Museum-based learning is an antidote to drill-and-kill test prep. Students learn how to do independent, original research using the many resources available online and in the DC area. They learn how to synthesize content and presentation/design.

Supporting Materials and Spaces

  • Art studios and project rooms for creating projects on an ongoing basis
  • Exhibition space for flat and 3-D display, with adjustable lighting, wired for Internet access and digital media
  • Rehearsal and performance spaces for music, dance, and drama
  • Spaces for storing, maintaining, and growing collections such as digital archives, specimens, photographs, images, and objects
  • Working gardens and other outdoor classrooms
  • Modernized infrastructure to support programmatic needs