IS THE PROGRAM ABOUT?
The Arts High School program is a special release-time
program for gifted and talented teens. Students
interested in joining the program must audition
to participate. It is administered by the Arts
& Education Center which has been operating
the program in Middlesex County since 1980. A similar program for school districts
in Monmouth County, NJ was begun in January
2004. A program for Ocean County began in 2010.
The Middlesex County Arts High School program holds
its classes at the Stelton Community Center
in Edison and on the campus of Middlesex College.
The Monmouth County Arts High holds its classes
at Neptune High School in Neptune, NJ . The Ocean County Arts High program will hold its
classes at Ocean County College in Toms River.
Students selected for
the program will receive courses in the literary,
performing and visual arts taught by distinguished
teaching artists. The courses are taught at
an advanced level and provide a rigorous
curriculum for developing artistic skills and
creative expression in the art form of the student’s
Arts High School
classes are held from January to May, with each
student scheduled to attend one afternoon per week
for a fourteen week term. In cooperation with
sending high schools, the program seeks, identifies
and recruits talented students through the following
means: Press releases; mailings of AHS literature
to schools, public libraries, students’
homes, and others; announcements in the schools. Auditions,
opened to all interested students, are held
in December. Students must register in advance.
Student acceptance into the Arts High program
is dependent on their schools approval of their
participation in the program.
WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?
Classes are held on Mondays from 1:30-4:30 PM
for the Monmouth County Arts High on Tuesdays
from 1:00-4:00 PM for Middlesex County Arts
High and on Wednesdays from 1:30-4:30 PM for the
Ocean County Arts High. Classes start in January and continue
for 14 weeks.
WILL I BE LET OUT OF SCHOOL TO ATTEND THE CLASSES?
Yes, you will be released from your regular school each week to attend the classes. Students, however, are responsible for making up any missed work or assignments.
HOW WILL I GET TO THE CLASSES EACH WEEK?
School buses will pick up the students at their school and return them to their home school after Arts High School classes are completed.
HOW DOES MY SCHOOL SUPPORT THE PROGRAM?
The participating school districts in
Middlesex, Monmouth, & Ocean Counties act as
sending schools. Superintendents appoint
school liaisons, who distribute program
literature, meet with interested students, assist
with special needs and remain in contact with our
office for the season.
WHAT FEES DO THE STUDENTS PAY?
Fees paid by students vary by school districts.
In some districts, the tuition and bus transport
fees are paid for by the school. Students in these
districts are responsible for payment of an
audition fee ($40-$55, depending on how many
classes the student is auditioning for) and an
enrollment fee of $50 which is payable once a
student is accepted into the program. There is
also a $40 material fee for students in the Visual Arts or Photography class.
In districts where the school is not paying ,
students are responsible for all fees. Please call
the Arts & Education Center (732-566-2787) for
information on whether your school district pays
for tuition and for the latest information on
student paid tuition fees.
WHAT CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE?
There are over twenty different classes being
offered in the Middlesex County Arts High School, the Monmouth County Arts High School
and the Ocean County Arts High School.
can read a full description about the different
classes offered by clicking here.
WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
All Arts High instructors are distinguished working artists, most have advanced degrees in their area of expertise.
I RECEIVE A GRADE FOR THE CLASS?
A grade of Honors, Good, Pass or Fail is based
on successful completion of one course of study.
An honors grade is based on outstanding achievement.
Students who pass their course of study are
awarded Certificates of Achievement or an Honors
Certificate. Students’ records are
forwarded to their sending schools for proficiency
credits and notation on school transcripts.
CAN I RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT FOR THE CLASS?
Several of the Arts High courses have been accredited
by Middlesex County College in Middlesex County
, Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County
and Ocean County College in Ocean County.
Students who register for credit and successfully
complete these courses will receive a
letter grade (in addition to the Honors, Good,
Pass or Fail grade) and three transferable college
credits. Courses for credit require payment
of an additional tuition fee to Middlesex County
College, Brookdale Community College or Ocean
County College. Courses
accredited for college credit are clearly identified
in the course
HOW DO I APPLY?
Interested students should file an application
with the Arts & Education Center before
the November 15 deadline. Additional applications
are available from sending schools, Arts and
English teachers, guidance counselors or school
principal, or directly from the Arts & Education
Center office. You can also apply online for
County Arts High,
County Arts High or Ocean County
WHAT TIME IS MY AUDITION?
To be announced...
Click For Current Audition Information
WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
Audition instructions will be posted online in
Click For Current Audition Information
MAY I AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE CLASS?
Students may audition for more than one art form in the same season, but will be selected for only one course of study per season.
WILL AUDITIONS BE HELD?
Monmouth County Arts High & Arts
Middle School auditions will be held on Saturday,
December 7, 2013 for all applicants. Middlesex
County Arts High & Arts Middle School auditions
will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013.
Ocean County Arts High Auditions will be held on
Saturday December 14, 2013. (No student will be
admitted for an audition without prior registration.)
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
For information and to request additional applications and annual newsletter call or write:
Middlesex & Monmouth Counties:
Arts & Education Center,154 Main Street, Suite 102, Matawan, NJ 07747. Tel. (732) 566-ARTS (2787) – Fax (732) 566-2005.
Arts & Education
Center, Ocean County College, P.O. Box 2001, Arts &
Community Center, Room A-225, Toms River, NJ 08754.
Tel. (732) 742-1759- Fax (732) 284-4266.
This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.