Walt Whitman High School has been honored with the ‘Support Music Merit Award’ from the NAMM Foundation for its commitment to music education.
The Support Music Merit Award recognizes schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. “This award furthers my belief that Walt Whitman offers a very rigorous and dynamic music program, focusing on preparing those students wanting to move onto fine arts in college,” said Principal John Murphy.
To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Walt Whitman High School answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music-making programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that Whitman is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music.
ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
The NAMM Foundation recognized 623 school districts in 41 states.