The Board of Education approved a plan this week to transform Marshall Middle School into the Marshall Academy of the Arts.
Admission to the academy for the 2011-12 school year will be available to all students within the school district, with first priority to be granted to students who reside within the present Marshall attendance area, as well as students attending Carver, Henry and Keller schools under School of Choice. Students at Marshall also will have priority acceptance into Millikan High School.
The “Marshall Plan” calls for additional GATE/Excel classes for gifted students and a specialization in the visual and performing arts. Drama, chorus, art and possibly dance will be added as electives. Marshall students next year will attend seven classes as opposed to six, or they will attend school on a block schedule allowing up to three electives.