Youngstown schools accepting applications for specialty programs

By Denise Dick


Applications will be accepted through March 1 for students interested in one of the city schools’ specialty programs.

Parent meetings for Rayen Early College Middle School and Chaney’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and visual and performing arts (VPA) schools will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Chaney auditorium.

Applications may be picked up at the schools and will be available this week on the school district’s website.

Parent meetings for Choffin Career and Technical Center will take place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Choffin.

Attendees will learn more about high school and adult programs, walk the building and meet the teachers.

Applications will be available at the school, or call 330-744-8719 for more information.

The parent meeting nights for Youngstown Early College, a program that enables students to earn college credit at Youngstown State University while in high school, are planned for 6 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 at Choffin.

The 2013-14 school year will be the third for the specialized programs at Chaney, and the number of students enrolled increased between the first and second years.

Tracy Schuler-Vivo, VPA coordinator, said students interested in the program should demonstrate good grades, attendance, behavior and test scores, as well as interest and talent in the arts.

Interviews will be required for both VPA and STEM students, and VPA students also must audition.

“This will be the third year, and as the program grows, it may get harder and harder to get in,” Schuler- Vivo said. “It may be better to get in on the ground floor.”

VPA programs include dance, drama/theater/ theater tech, visual arts, vocal music, band, orchestra/instrumental music, creative writing, multi- media and commercial art.

STEM, VPA and Rayen Early College begin with sixth grade, and students and parents must sign a contract to be accepted. Choffin offers programs for high school students.

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