Advanced Academics Fine Arts Academy at Blackburn
Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, Forney ISD opened the Advanced Academics Fine Arts Academy (AAFAA) at Blackburn Elementary. In spite of the pandemic and having to function in both in-person and virtual environments (with the expected hiccups along the way), our first year was a resounding success!
In February 2020, select kindergarten & 1st-grade students were invited to apply to the academy based on qualification for GT or Advanced services. Academically advanced students that have not been officially identified were also invited to apply. In August of 2020, the academy opened with 1st & 2nd-grade students. These students have received specialized instruction in fine arts courses, including piano, dance, and theatre. Additionally, students have received core academic instruction in an accelerated/compacted environment that is tailored to the young GT/Advanced brain.
In the 3 years since, we have expanded the program to include AAFAA classes at all elementary grade levels in the 2022-23 school year and are finalizing plans for intermediate. If you are interested in having your incoming kindergartner evaluated for placement in the AAFAA, please watch for information to be shared in March.
As with other districts, students are always moving in and out, which means that some AAFAA classes may not be at full capacity at the end of the school year. To complete the classes in 1st-4th grades, students will be invited to apply based on qualification for GT or advanced academic services or performance on academic indicators such as MAP, DRA, NNAT3, and Torrance.
The Advanced Academics Fine Arts Academy at Blackburn will continue to expand into intermediate, then middle, then ultimately high school as the years progress.
Watch the video below for an overview of the program. Click here to check out the AAFAA FAQs. Be sure to submit your question if you do not see it in the document.
If you are a transfer student and would like to know more, please email Mel Harlan.