Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

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Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Established 1985
Type Public secondary
Principal Mitzi Lizarraga
Students 835 (2014-15)
Grades 9–12
Location 5151 State University Drive,
Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates 34°03′51″N 118°10′10″W / 34.064212°N 118.169535°W / 34.064212; -118.169535Coordinates: 34°03′51″N 118°10′10″W / 34.064212°N 118.169535°W / 34.064212; -118.169535
Website www.lachsa.net

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (Arts High or LACHSA, /ˈlɔːksə/) is a Visual and Performing Arts high school located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, United States.

History[edit]

The school was founded by philanthropist Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson in 1985.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

The school is public and tuition-free school. It offers both college preparatory courses and conservatory style training. Though it shares facilities with the university, the two schools' activities are usually separate. It is operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.[3] LACHSA maintains a unique affiliation with International Polytechnic High School, which is also run by LACOE.

The school specializes in the training of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and film. It is one of two arts high schools in Los Angeles that allows students from any district within Los Angeles County to attend, the other being Charter High School of the Arts in Van Nuys. Acceptance into the school is based on an audition process for the approximately 130 spots available for incoming students, about 90% of whom are freshman. In 2011 more than 1000 students auditioned, the highest number ever.[4] The school has four departments, Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Film. Dual-majors are not permitted except for Musical Theatre. The Music Department has the most students, followed by the Theatre Department, Visual Arts, Dance, and Film. In 2012, Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy made an award-winning documentary about LACHSA called "Fame High."[5]

In late March of 2013, LACHSA officially moved to its brand new building on the edge of of California State University's campus. It has three stories, the top being a full black box where most performances from the school take place.[6]

Academic recognition[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of LACHSA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mary Rourke, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, 83; Philanthropist Supported the Arts, The Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2005
  2. ^ 42nd Street in Memory of Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, January 2006, ArtsHighFoudation: Proudly supporting lachsa since 1985, January 17, 2006
  3. ^ "LACOE Home Version 6.0". Lacoe.edu. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Los Angeles County High School for the Arts - eNotes.com Reference". Enotes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Fame High". 
  6. ^ http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2013/06/05/13889/the-joy-of-a-new-school-lachsa-students-celebrate/
  7. ^ "L.A. County High School for the Arts - Los Angeles, California - CA - School overview". Greatschools.org. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  8. ^ HAIM Sisters On Rihanna And Their Debut Studio Album. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  9. ^ ""A.I." Official Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Culture Monster". The Los Angeles Times. April 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Drew Garrett AFTRA
  13. ^ Gurewitsch, Matthew (July 28, 2002). "MUSIC; The New Boy Wonder of the Voice". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ "Gretchen Parlato Interview with Joe Montague of Riveting Riffs Magazine". Rivetingriffs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 

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