Student Features

Fifth Grader Benefits from Art Partnership Program

Apr 26, 2021

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Fifth grader Maya Hidalgo-Schnaars has been taking in-person art classes for six years as part of PA Cyber's art partnership program. Every week she visits The Baum School of Art in Allentown for two hours, and she says she likes the variety it adds to her school week. Fashion design is her favorite class so far, and she has also practiced sculpture, painting, drawing, and graphic design.

PA Cyber partners with 35 small-business art, music, and performing arts centers across the state where students can take one class per semester at no charge as part of the Participating Art Center Program. PA Cyber students have been taking enriching classes at The Baum School of Art for the past 10 years.

PA Cyber Director of Elementary Curriculum Patricia Fawcett says, "We have many options for grades K-12 to learn about music, art, dance, and theatre, but being able to participate in classes offered by small businesses helps provide those live learning experiences that cultivate a love and appreciation for the arts."

Additional creative opportunities

Maya has taken art-related field trips and attended a wide variety of in-person art activities at the PA Cyber Allentown regional office. One of which was a summer theater camp, where she and her brother Nicholas, a PA Cyber seventh grader, recreated the musical Hamilton using sock puppets! They mashed up three songs into one and even designed a backdrop for the show.

A dance student herself, Maya was very excited to see the Nutcracker ballet on a field trip. "There were a lot of amazing dancers and some prima ballerinas, and a dance company from New York performed it," she says.

Outside of school, Maya takes six dance classes per week at a local studio. She has been dancing for years and hopes to become a choreographer or dance teacher someday.

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Maya has enjoyed fashion design, sculpture, painting, drawing, and graphic design classes at The Baum School of Art.

Maya's family

Maya poses with her brother Nicholas and her parents, Jennifer Hidalgo and Chris Schnaars.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.