International Journal of Art & Design Education

SAIL: A School Where the Arts Connect with Real Learning

Volume 20.2   2001



Increasing numbers of educators and parents are recognising that traditional educational models can be unsupportive and, at times, alienating to children. SAIL, a public charter school in Washington DC, for children 5-12 years old (often labelled as having special needs), has used an innovative education model that infuses the arts in learning experiences. Providing a unique physical and social environment, an arts-based curriculum, and authentic assessment methods, SAIL is steadily achieving or exceeding its goals after two years of operation. This paper describes the work of SAIL.