Doddridge County Elementary School has been focusing on a new way of learning. It's called Project Scale. It adds arts into their regular curriculum, basically getting the students more involved in what they're learning so it really sticks. So far, it seems like a success.
"I learned that they were cutting down trees to make paper and it was destroying some of the animals homes," said Alexia Whitehair, Second Grade Student.
"Teachers are given the freedom and the flexibility to take learning to a much higher level. It allows teachers to go much deeper into the content," said Tammy Haught, Principal of Doddridge County Elementary School.
But where did this program come from?
"West Virginia Symphony has secured a grant and they started it. They had the idea," said Amy Spurlock, Assistant Principal at Doddridge County Elementary school. She continued, "They said, How can we get the arts and academics together?"
They focus on three level of depth of knowledge with set skills like analysis and comparing and contrasting in classes like reading, writing, math, and science.
"It's not them sitting and listening to their teachers speak to them all day long. They're up moving in groups. They're able to do hands on interactive activities," said Trista Murphy, Second Grade Special Education Teacher.
The biggest thing here is that these kids are excited about learning.
"If the kids are having fun they're learning and they will want to learn. It makes the kids love to come to school. They're excited about it and they can't wait to share what they're learning to others," said Keri Hurst, Third Grade English Language Arts Teacher.
Since the whole school is involved and the students are excited, different grades are interacting with each other.
"They're doing the same stories but on different levels, so they can have very similar conversations and enhance each others conversations," said Spurlock.
The CEO of Edwards Educational Services visited the school and told us many schools are starting to pick up this program, but Doddridge County Elementary School is exceeding the expectations and setting an example for other schools to follow.
"The staff here are never content with where they are. They're always reaching to do better," said Haught.
"We chose cornerstone skills that we've developed and we believe that if we can embed those cornerstone skills within our students before they leave the elementary school that they'll be better prepared and have more success at the middle school and high school level," said Murphy.