Summer Classes for High Schools Arts Students


The Alameda County Arts Commission is promoting an opportunity for county high school students involved in the arts to participate in the State Summer School for the Arts, a four-week, intensive pre-college program for talented and motivated high school students in the arts, held on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia.
The program has an annual student body of over 500 young artists from all over California and beyond, offering students the opportunity to spend one month immersed in a creative laboratory, experiencing the inspiring and rigorous daily life of a professional artist.
As a bridge from high school to college, the program awards top students the Herb Alpert Foundation’s Emerging Young Artist Scholarships for collegiate study or pre-professional training programs, as well as three units of California State University course credit and names them “California Arts Scholars,” distinguishing CSSSA graduates from their peers as they proceed to college and career.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 summer session. Requirements, forms, and instructions can be found on the CSSSA website under each artistic discipline in the admissions section.
No student is denied admission due to financial circumstances.  Each year, approximately 40 percent of students receive financial aid. All application materials must be postmarked by Feb. 28. For information go to