Integration in many areas seems to be the vocabulary for curriculum designers everywhere. Integration is not easy, and it is difficult to find. Arts integration at Valley Academy requires collaboration, data, and amazing teachers who are willing to take on this challenge. From our students at Valley Academy, integration demands creativity, problem solving, perseverance, collaboration and the ability to work through the demands of many ideas and concepts to create a final product. We believe through arts integration we are providing relevance to student learning, and giving our students an opportunity to connect their world to our classrooms. Our students deserve an opportunity to own their learning for themselves and to make deep, meaningful connections through the curriculum. Through integration, we can meet and exceed expectations set by Common Core and move into a culture of true inquiry and learning.