California School of the Arts Launches in San Gabriel Valley

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After 30 years of providing an award-winning academic and arts curriculum, the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) has launched California School of the Arts (CSArts) with the opening of its first satellite campus in San Gabriel Valley. California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV) is hosting public preview days for interested families, which will be held at Northview Intermediate Campus, located on 1401 Highland Ave., in Duarte. CSArts-SGV is a tuition-free, donation dependent program.

Opening in August 2017, CSArts-SGV will provide a creative, challenging and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students a rigorous college-preparatory academic program and pre-professional arts training. Modeled after OCSA, one of the premier arts school in the nation, the school will serve students in grades seven through 11 for the 2017 – 2018 school year and expand to serve students in grades 7 through 12 beginning in August 2018.

The school’s culture and curriculum boasts a small student / teacher ratios in academic and arts classes and will allow for personalized attention to students. Students receive opportunities to participate in master classes, guest artist presentations, field trips, and performances, as well as a variety of campus clubs and activities. This distinctive arts and academic program is made possible through a unique public / private partnership.

“We are excited to be able to offer quality academic and arts instruction, a unique school culture, and an unparalleled value to more student artist-scholars in Southern California through the California School of the Arts organization,” said Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., founder and executive director of Orange County School of the Arts. “This program is not just about educating talented students to become future artists; it is about providing an innovative school environment that graduates highly engaged, creative young leaders who are well-equipped for meaningful, successful lives at the college of their choice and in any career they choose. Our alumni have gone on to become award-winning Broadway stars, musicians and artists, as well as entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, lawyers and doctors.”

“OCSA has created the blueprint for an innovative school and has proven that arts and creative educational experiences transform schools and communities,” said Dr. Allan Mucerino, superintendent of DUSD. “The evidence is powerful: children of all social and economic levels who experience high levels of arts engagement have more positive outcomes in virtually every achievement indicator, compared to students who are not as lucky. Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of advancement in today’s globalized world. This unique public school / charter school partnership is an example of how historically polarized forces can work together to challenge the status quo and create unique and thriving learning environments.”

Students will receive approximately five hours of academic instruction per day, consisting of three 90-minute classes and a 30-minute tutorial block. College preparatory, honors and advanced placement courses will be offered. All academic faculty members will be fully credentialed and the majority will hold advanced degrees.

Students will have the opportunity to study in one of 10 arts conservatories offered including acting, classical & contemporary dance, classical voice, commercial dance, creative writing, instrumental music, integrated arts, musical theatre, production & design, and visual arts. The arts conservatory programs will have a  student / teacher ratio of approximately 20-to-1. All students who have demonstrated talents and interest in the arts are invited to apply. Applications will be made available online soon. For now, visit their admissions page to see a list of requirements for prospective students.

“I am so proud of the leadership and forward thinking of superintendent, Allan Mucerino, for bringing such an esteemed program to our school district,” said Ken Bell, president of DUSD Board of Education. “The Duarte Unified Board of Education has unanimously approved this as part of our strategic plan to serve our student population and other talented students throughout the Southern California area.”

The first two preview days have been filled, but space is still available for Preview Day January 21, 2017. Families interested in attending can sign-up here: sgv.csarts.net/learnmore. Additional information can be found at sgv.csarts.net.

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