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Whole Schools Initiative

Mannsdale Elementary School is an active participant in the Mississippi Arts Commission Whole Schools Initiative. The Whole Schools Initiative is an arts-integrated conceptual approach to re-designing school environments that create a culture of collaboration and transparency. Leading from the inside out, the WSI is activated around inspiring the entire community toward increased student engagement by promoting deep learning. The arts provide the arena for discovery.


Mannsdale Elementary School has achieved the goals of the Whole Schools Initiative:

  • To improve student academic achievement through the integration of the arts into the basic curriculum.
  • To enrich the lives of students by increasing their skills and knowledge in all arts disciplines.
  • To assist the professional and personal growth of teachers and administrators through arts experiences.
  • To use the arts to increase parental and community involvement in schools.
  • To assist schools in building a sustainable system for supporting arts infusion.