"At-Risk" Residency Programs
For 20 years during the school year CATCO staff work in three core urban schools using theatre to teach academic subjects (such as math and science) in preparation for the state achievement tests. Students learn to write, edit, rehearse, and produce a play that deals with a major topic covered on the test. The plays the children write and perform have ranged from the life cycle of a butterfly to the three branches of government to photosynthesis. This program is at the forefront of curriculum development and is at the heart of our educational outreach program.
CATCO's multi-grade-level residency program expands the "At Risk" program to enable children in grades 3–7 to interact with one another, providing opportunities that foster subconscious mentorship and collaboration.
In addition, we have built upon our original residency model by piloting new programs at Starling STEM/STEAM PK-8 School in Franklinton and Learning Never Ends. The Starling collaboration is a multi-grade residency, with more than 200 students in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades working together to write, design, produce and perform two short plays about the past, present, and future of Franklinton. The pilot showcases cross-curricular learning, peer-to-peer learning develops mentorship opportunities, cultivates collaborative skills and subsequently increases academic benefits.