Charter High School of the Arts
Charter High School of the Arts Multimedia and Performing (or CHAMPS) is a public high school that operates on the campus of the First Lutheran Church of Van Nuys and in the nearby Phoenix office building. The campuses are located at 6952 and 6842 Van Nuys Boulevard, in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA. Though it shares the church campus with a Lutheran church, the activities are different. It is operated as a Charter High School.
Dr. Norman Isaacs began CHAMPS high school in 2005. Before becoming the founder of CHAMPS, Dr. Isaacs worked as the principal of Robert A. Millikan Middle School Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks. CHAMPS was founded in order to create a high school where students could receive a curriculum in academics, digital media, visual, and performing arts. Many of the teachers come from performing and media arts backgrounds, these have included Dr. John Biroc, Scott Bailey, Leah Bass-Baylis, Vince Campi, Brad Koepenick, Donovan Glover, Joe Conway, Marshall Goldman, Nancy Aldrich, Otis and Kyme Sallid, and Frank Becker.
The school specializes in performing and digital media arts. It is the only arts high school that allows students to study there from any district within the Los Angeles County. Students who want to enroll in a specific academy (dance, music, drama, media arts, or robotics) need an audition to get in. Each academy has a separate audition process. Enrolled students can change into a different academy with the approval of the department chairs and counselors.
CHAMPS has been a high school since September 2005. The school now consists of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The first graduating classes (2009-2011) have moved on to universities throughout the country including NYU, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, Brown, Columbia, Stanford, and Duke University.
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