Coronado School of the Arts

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Coronado School of the Arts
Coronado School of the Arts logo.png
Coronado, California
United States
Type Public school
Established 1996
School district Coronado Unified School District
Director Shane Schmeichel
Grades Grades 9–12
Enrollment 155 (2008)[1]

Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is a school-within-a-school located on the campus of Coronado High School in Coronado, California. The school currently enrolls 155 students,[1] of which nearly 70% comes from outside Coronado.[2]

CoSA is largely an after-hours program[2] with a focus on the arts, in which students take academic courses at Coronado High School in the morning.[1] The school offers classes in classical and contemporary dance, musical theater and drama, instrumental music, technical theater, visual art, and digital media and filmmaking.[1] It has Ph.D.s on its faculty and what the San Diego Union Tribune calls "a formidable fund-raising auxiliary", the CoSA Foundation.[3]


The idea for the school materialized in 1993.[1] The school was founded in 1996 by Kris McClung[2] and had 60 students when it opened it doors in 1996.[1] In 2007, CoSA unveiled a $12 million theater arts complex that includes a 650-seat main-stage theater, a black-box theater, scene shop, music and drama rooms, administrative offices, and a fly loft.[2]

In 2005, four evacuees of Hurricane Katrina relocated from the wind and rain damaged New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.[4]

CoSA Departments[edit]

  • Musical Theater and Drama
  • Technical Theater
  • New Media (Digital Arts/Film)
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts


CoSA has put on hundreds of performances including "Thoroughly Modern Milly", "Singing in The Rain", "The Laramie Project", "Grapes of Wrath", and The Wedding Singer". These are only a few of the many wonderful, professional grade performances in their state of the art facility. CoSA generally puts on two musicals and one play every school years with many dance, instrumental music, art, and digital media shows/exhibits in between.

CoSA Foundation[edit]

The Coronado School of the Arts Foundation provides the oversight and fundraising apparatus [1] for CoSA. Private funding, in the form of donations, covers about half of CoSA's operating budget. The remaining money is provided by the Coronado Unified School District, and through special state and federal grants.

In August 2008, Pamela Coker was appointed Executive Director for the CoSA Foundation.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sharon A. Heilbrunn (April 10, 2008). "School Spotlight: Coronado School Of The Arts". San Diego Union Tribune.
  2. ^ a b c d Chris Moran (November 29, 2006). "Coronado arts campus to unveil new theater". San Diego Union Tribune.
  3. ^ Chris Moran (June 28, 2007). "Dramatic conversion". San Diego Union Tribune.
  4. ^ "Hurricane Victims Start School In San Diego". NBC San Diego. September 12, 2005.
  5. ^ "San Diego People". San Diego Business Journal. 2008-08-25.

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Coordinates: 32°41′30.27″N 117°10′43.07″W / 32.6917417°N 117.1786306°W / 32.6917417; -117.1786306