Arizona School for the Arts provides a unique curriculum that interweaves rigorous academics and performing arts. The correlation between playing music and improved cognition is well-documented. However, beyond purely cognitive benefits are the immeasurable long-term social and emotional gains. Performing arts teaches creative problem-solving and builds confidence and inclusivity among students. Our students possess a rare poise, maturity, and civic mindedness for such young ages. ASA graduates are accomplished communicators who are engaged artistically and well-prepared for college, and life.
One of the biggest misconceptions about ASA is that we emphasize performing arts at the expense of academic excellence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Statistically speaking, ASA has an enviable academic pedigree. 63% of ASA Faculty and Teaching Artists hold advanced degrees. We are ranked 15th in Arizona for combined SAT scores. 95% of graduates attend a college or university. On average, 15% of graduating classes have national merit recognition.
ASA is a distinct national model in education committed to equity and access. Our middle school program (5-8) includes piano and choir. It is this mindful balance of performing arts and academics that has truly created a school like no other in Arizona. ASA students build invaluable leadership skills that distinguish them as scholars, creative thinking, and civic leaders; coveted qualities that set them up for future success.