TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts is an academically rigorous, arts-integrated public charter school for students in grades 7-12. While at TAPA, students complete an Arts Pathway in Music, Theatre, Film or Dance, developing professional “artist mindsets” and strong resumes that allow them to pursue ambitious, diverse dreams.
After TAPA, graduates enter a wide range of college majors in addition to the arts. Our graduates are known for their leadership, presentation, advocacy, and interpersonal skills. Having exceeded the requirements for a Rhode Island high school diploma during their TAPA education, our graduates are ready to lead.
We begin preparation for these achievements early. TAPA is a college-preparatory environment that offers Honors, AP, Concurrent Enrollment, and Dual Enrollment college classes to all students. Students can graduate with eleven or more completed college courses, at no cost to them. As a school serving mostly first-generation college applicants, Latine students, and MLL students, TAPA has a culturally responsive, bilingual, and systemic approach to the college process, in which families are involved, informed, and supported.
The cultural, religious, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and linguistic diversity of our community, families, students and staff defines who we are at TAPA. We celebrate our differences and are committed to creating a safe, caring environment where everyone can be him/them/herself without fear of harassment, ridicule, or rejection. We want our students to feel deeply cared for and heard. While we cannot erase the institutional oppression that is embedded in our society’s culture of schooling, we work daily towards a version of school that is more inclusive, empowering, and loving. It is an organizational priority for TAPA to hire staff members who have cultural commonalities with our students and families, and social justice frameworks are core components of every class we teach.
- Rhode Island Teaching Certification or ability to secure an Emergency Certification
- Experience with and knowledge of subject area curriculum and content
- Experience and knowledge working in a culturally responsive framework for Math instruction, including evidence of cultural competence and inclusiveness
- Sensitivity to and understanding of diverse perspectives that students and staff bring to their work, including those of academic, socioeconomic, culture, race and ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, and intersectional identities
- Knowledge of utilizing a student-centered approach to teaching and learning
- Knowledge of modifying curriculum for Multilingual Learners and differently-abled learners without compromising rigor or high expectations.
- At least one year's experience working in an urban school environment and/or a lived experience of being educated through an urban schooling environment.
- A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Experience in or demonstrated understanding of social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
- Understanding of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Restorative Justice approaches to school and classroom teaching and learning
- Proficiency in conversational Spanish is preferred but not required
- Knowledge of using Chromebooks in a 1:1 educational setting
- Participation in the arts community.