Built in 1998, Stratton Elementary is named after Mr. Kenneth O. Stratton, Champaign Schools’ first African-American board member. As part of a federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education in 2017, Stratton offers a magnet focus in the fine arts. Teachers facilitate student learning
through art-integrated units of study that emphasize collaboration and project-based learning. Each grade level unit culminates in a public showcase to which parents and the community are invited. Students are able to exercise their voice and choose from a variety of Art Studios to participate in throughout the school year. Stratton focuses on teaching students how to create impact by partnering with community artists and the University of Illinois Art & Design Program for a variety of community-based art projects. Students learn entrepreneurial skills, planning and budgeting with the arts. Students are involved in authentic, useful and valuable experiences so they can blossom into leaders in our ever-changing global economy.

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