Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
|Los Angeles County High School for the Arts|
|Location||5151 State University Drive,
Los Angeles, California, United States
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (Arts High or LACHSA, //) is a Visual and Performing Arts high school located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, United States. Founded in 1984, the public, tuition-free school 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. 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.
LACHSA has four departments, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts, with sub-departments that any student may participate in, such as musical theater and film. The Music Department has the most students, followed by the Theater Department, Visual Arts and Dance.
In 2012, Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy made an award-winning documentary about LACHSA called "Fame High."
- California Distinguished School for Academic Excellence
- Golden Bell Award
- Grammy Signature School
- Bravo Award for excellence in arts education
- One of the "Best High Schools" in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine
- LACHSA was among the few public high schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10.
- Ai, singer
- Corbin Bleu, actor
- Gerald Clayton, jazz pianist and composer
- Jenna Elfman, actor
- Michael Fitzpatrick, the lead vocalist and principal songwriter of Fitz and The Tantrums
- Drew Garrett, actor
- Josh Groban, singer
- Josefina Lopez, playwright
- Gretchen Parlato, jazz vocalist and composer
- Kehinde Wiley, painter
- Taran Killam, actor on Saturday Night Live
- Spencer Grammer, actress on Greek
- McKenzie Westmore, actress on Passions
- Ryan Scott Oliver, Musical Theatre Composer and Lyricist
- Christina Milian, pop singer
- Amanda Avila, back up singer 
- Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim of Haim
- Candy Olsen a dancer and actress.
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