AP Arts and Humanities

making art education

part of the equation

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students at museum"We talk about critical thinking, problem solving and appropriate use of technology as 21st century skills, and I agree, butempathy is the greatest 21st century skill, and art history and fine arts curriculum lend themselves to building empathy." 

- Jeffrey Nisbet, AP Art History Teacher, Texas

This program is now part of NMSI’s services and available to interested schools across the nation. Interested in finding out how your school can participate? Contact us.  

Along with supporting academic achievement in math, science and English, NMSI offers its proven services for three AP arts courses: Art History, Art and Design, and Music Theory.

We also support seven AP humanities courses: World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, Human Geography, Psychology, Seminar, and Spanish Language and Culture.

AP Spanish Language and Culture is currently offered at Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia schools, and plans are underway to expand to other locations across the country.

Through NMSI, teachers are supported in implementing and sustaining AP Fine Arts and Humanities programs at partner schools. Students have access to study sessions led by expert educators. Schools receive support in eliminating barriers to AP courses, creating a more equitable environment for students. 

Built on Excellence
Since the early 1990s, more than 20,000 Dallas-area students have benefitted from the AP Fine Arts Incentive Program funded by the O’Donnell Foundation. Almost 90 percent of these students received a passing AP exam score. This program is now part of NMSI.

In 2017, six participating schools ranked in the top 10 in Texas, with two schools in the national top 10 for comprehensive AP Fine Arts programs. 

• Arts Education Navigator (2013). Facts and Figures.
• Humanities Indicators (2018).
• Smithrim, K., & Upitis, R. (2005). Learning through the Arts: Lessons of Engagement. Canadian Journal of Education, 28(1/2), 109-127.
• Vaughn, Kathryn (2002), “Music and Mathematics: Modest Support for the Oft-Claimed Relationship.” In R. Deasy (Ed.), Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Achievement and Social Development, Washington, DC: AEP