ARTS HIGH GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT IS ARTS HIGH?

Arts High is a special release-time program for gifted and talented students, grades 6-12. 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. The program was expanded to include Monmouth County in 2004 and Union county in 2019.  Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 program will consist of live, interactive virtual classes and be open to students throughout the entire state.

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 choice.  

Arts High classes are held from February to May, with each student scheduled to attend one afternoon per week for a fourteen-week term in grades 9 through 12 and a twelve week term in grades 6 through 8. In cooperation with sending high schools, the program seeks, identifies and recruits talented students through the following means: Social Media; mailings of AHS literature to students’ homes, and Zoom presentations. Virtual auditions, open to all interested students, will be held in December. Student acceptance into the Arts High School program is dependent on their school’s approval of their participation in the program. 

WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?

Arts High School virtual classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3-6 pm. Classes will begin in February 2021 and will continue for 14 weeks. Click here for 2020-2021 school calendar.

HOW DOES MY SCHOOL SUPPORT THE PROGRAM?
The participating school districts in Middlesex, Monmouth, & Union Counties act as sending schools.  Superintendents appoint school liaisons, who will identify interested students, and remain in contact with our office for the season. Our 2020-21 virtual program will also be open to students statewide.

WHAT FEES DO THE STUDENTS PAY?
Fees paid by students vary by school districts. In some districts, the tuition is paid for by the school. Students in these districts are responsible for payment of an audition fee ($35.00 and $55.00, depending on how many classes the student is auditioning for) and an enrollment fee of $65.00 which is payable once a student is accepted into the program. There is also a $45 material fee for students in the Visual Arts and Filmmaking classes.

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 upcoming Spring Semester. A list of classes appears in our course tab on our website.

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
All Arts High instructors are distinguished working artists, most have advanced degrees in their area of expertise .Click here for Teaching Artists' Bios.

WILL 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 for students in grades 9 through 12 have been accredited by Middlesex County College in Middlesex County, Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County and Union County College in Union 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 Union County College. Courses accredited for college credit are clearly identified in the course catalogs.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Interested students should file an application with the Arts & Education Center before the November 15 deadline.  Applications are available online at www.artshigh.net

WHAT TIME IS MY AUDITION?
Audition times will be available on www.artshigh.net November 15th, 2020.

WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
How to prepare for auditions will be posted at www.artshigh.net on November 15th 2020.

MAY I AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE CLASS?
Students may audition for more than one art form in the same season but may be selected for only one course of study per season.

WHEN WILL AUDITIONS BE HELD?
Virtual auditions will be held on December 5-6, 2020

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
For information log onto our website at www.artshigh.net

Call, write or email: 

Arts & Education Center,154 Main Street, Suite 102, Matawan, NJ 07747.
Tel. (732) 566-ARTS (2787) – Fax (732) 566-2005.
E-mail: Info@ArtsandEdCenter.org

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.

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