Employing qualified teachers and fine art professionals, our instruction team challenges students to think critically, problem-solve, collaborate, and to be active participants in the learning process. Our goal is accomplished through incorporating fine arts into our rigorous core academic curriculum.
To develop critical thinkers who have the character to lead.
Rhodes School for the Performing Arts is a model of educational excellence that develops students into people of integrity, who contribute to the good of society, and who are equipped to successfully compete in a global marketplace.
The vision is accomplished through the imparting of knowledge, the development of understanding, and the exercise of wisdom that leads to scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character in our students.
We are CREW…Not Passengers! At RSPA, parents, students, teachers, and administrators are active participants in the learning process. We work together as a team to accomplish the goal of producing outstanding student achievement. No one gets to just go along for the ride! We are CREW!
Michelle L. Bonton is a veteran educator and visionary leader with a passion for children and a commitment to impact the world through a transformational school design model that brings all stakeholders to the table. She challenges stakeholders to do their part in creating community and student success through the concept of CREW.
The concept of CREW is one of accountability and ownership. Over the last 20 years, as a teacher, counselor, and school leader, Michelle has had the opportunity to impact the lives of thousands of children and their families using the CREW principle. By providing a model, experiences and proper tools, staff, community members, and students are empowered to be active participants in their lives. This sense of ownership prompts integrity, fairness, and responsible, autonomous action.
Through servant leadership embodied in the principles of CREW, Michelle has led RSPA to tremendous growth from just 97 students and one campus in year one to more than 1,000 students across several campuses today, all of which consistently meet or exceed state and national standards for student performance.
Michelle’s professional preparation includes school leadership training and mid-management certification from Stephen F. Austin University, a Master’s degree in counseling from Prairie View A&M University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing from the University of Houston Downtown. She is a prolific speaker, former radio talk show host, grant writer, and community advocate. She also serves as an education policy specialist for state representatives.
Annie Jr., 2018
Annie JR. follows the story of an orphan named Annie living a
“hard-knock life” at The New York City Municipal Orphanage run by
the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie dreams of being reunited with her
parents and takes action to find them. In adventure after fun-filled
adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends
President Franklin Roosevelt, and finds a new family in billionaire
Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable
mutt named Sandy.
♦ The only charter school to be designated as a Fine Art Magnet School by the U.S. Department of Education ♦
♦ Texas Education Agency School of Distinction ♦
♦ Title I School of Distinction ♦
♦ Texas Education Agency Exemplary School ♦
♦ Pre-K Center of Excellence designation
by the University of Texas ♦
♦ Reading achievement at 1.5-2 grades above level ♦
♦ Project-based learning environment that connects classroom theory to life application ♦
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Charles Russell, M. Ed, President
Kenitra Bennett-Edwards, M. Ed., Member
Michelle Harris, M. Ed, Member
Chrishelle Palay, Member
Derrick Sherrard, Member
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