Rush At A Glance

Mission & Approach to Learning:

Rush Arts is based on the belief that the arts provide an opportunity to develop intellectual growth and personal creativity as part of a rigorous academic curriculum. We emphasize the building of a reflective community of learners who are adaptive critical thinkers and creators while preparing our students for college and professional careers. Transdisciplinary teaching and learning are applied in every classroom. Rush Arts prepares students to become active members of a democratic society by fostering a culture of respect for the various views of our diverse student population and encouraging student voice in the pursuit of social justice.

Points of Pride:

The Arts Academy was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer and gained national recognition in sites such as ASCD’s SmartBriefs and NCTE’s Inbox; First place award winner in the One Book, One Philadelphia Graphic Arts Contest; The David Drake Award for Excellence in Ceramics; The People’s Choice Winner: Philadelphia Museum of Art; Accolades in the Philadelphia Sketch Club; First place winner in the Philadelphia Young Playwriting monologue contest; many students participate in all-city orchestra and choir; Philadelphia Independence Music Award for Sound 2019, Congressional Art Competition winners, Scholastic Art and Writing Award winners, and the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Best in Show Award.

Courses & Program Highlights:

Advanced Placement and honors courses:
Physics, English,US Government, Art, and Calculus

Dual Enrollment Programs:
Community College of Philadelphia

Electives offered:
story casting (digital 
film making), creative writing, graphic arts, media arts, dance technique, chamber singing, forensics, and much more.

Extracurricular Activities:

• Annual Spring Musical
• Jazz Ensemble
• Math Club
• Model UN
• Quiz bowl
• Stage Crew
• Student Government
• United Minority Council
• Yearbook
** For a full list of after school clubs click here

Interscholastic Athletics: 

Fall:  Girls Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Girls Field Hockey

Winter:  Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Bowling, Girls Bowling

Spring Sports:  Girls Softball, Girls Flag Football

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• Astral Artists
• Drexel University Department of Creative Arts Therapies
• Glen Ford on the Delaware
• Moore College of Art
• National Dance Education Organization
• Opera Company of Philadelphia
• Philadelphia Museum of Art
• Philadelphia Young Playwrights
• Tyler School of Art
• University of Pennsylvania