Pediatric Associates News

Milwaukie Academy of the Arts

June 03, 2013

Pediatric Associates Advice Nurse, Christy Carl, R.N., has served on various non-profit boards for the last thirty years, but is particularly active as the President of the Board of Directors for Milwaukie Academy of the Arts, a public charter school in the Milwaukie School District.  Her involvement with the charter school stems from the recognition that not all children are wired for succeeding in traditional book-based learning.  For some, learning in a visual or project-based manner is a method which will achieve much greater success.

All core classes at Milwaukie Academy of the Arts are taught using arts to enhance learning.  The results speak for themselves.  The State of Oregon has consistently ranked MAA as “Outstanding.”  Further, MAA students consistently meet or exceed Oregon State benchmarks.

MAA Director Tim Taylor says, “We do an outstanding job of inspiring studenst to achieve both academically and artistically.  We have a 94% graduation rate, which is relatively high in the state.  We’re pretty proud.”  He’s also greatful to Pediatric Associates of the Northwest for the donation of funding to give MAA students access to SAT and ACT test preparation courses.  “We are fundamentally a college prep high school, and allowing our students every advantage to do the best they can on these tests is very important.”

Christy Carl reports that serving on the Board of Directors, the governing body of the school, and working with others in setting policy, writing strategic plans, and developing outreach and marketing, is incredibly rewarding.  It’s also helped her professionally – being able to more effectively partner with the parents of patients she sees, by deepening her understanding of what parents and children face when they have learning differences of processing information.  Non-linear thinkers who are taught math and science in project-based ways often suddenly experience success like they’ve never seen before.  And who wouldn’t enjoy being a part of that?

For more information about Portland public charter schools in general or the Milwaukie Academy of the Arts in particular, visit the following sites: