Forest Heights Academy of Excellence has been named a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National School of Distinction in Arts Education for the 2010-2011 school year, according to a news release.

The north Baton Rouge elementary school was one of four chosen for the award nationally. It recognizes schools that have made the arts an essential part of the students’ education.

The school will receive a $2,000 award to be used for arts education.

Forest Heights’ campus includes an arts complex; dance, choral, instrumental music and visual art studios; and a Black Box theater classroom, in addition to its main building classrooms and performing arts auditorium.

All students in Pre-K through fifth-grade receive weekly arts instruction from certified arts specialists in studio settings that reinforce classroom curriculum while developing students’ understanding of the various art forms.