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ELKHART — A new charter school opening in Elkhart next fall is focused on integrating arts into its curriculum as a creative educational approach.

The Premier Arts Academy will open for the 2023-24 school year at the newly constructed Hub, owned and operated by Lifeline Youth Ministries, 2375 Prairie St.

The K-8 school is a free, chartered public school offering integrated arts and core academic learning. The school is authorized by and accountable to the Ball State University Office of Charter Schools.

Ashley Molyneaux, who will serve as the head of school for the academy, said the school will provide a new option for education using challenge-based learning and arts integration to develop academic excellence and intellectual curiosity in students.

“The biggest gap that I see in our region in education is innovation,” she said. “It’s the bravery to do something different and not fall prey to this whole test score mentality where everyone’s focused on test preparation and the scores aren’t much better.”




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