Arizona School for the Arts provides a one-of-a-kind educational experience and our conservatory-based approach is unparalleled in Arizona. In addition to our incredible staff of educators, students work with professional artists as part of the core academic requirements. Our students become skilled musicians, dancers, and actors, not to mention critical thinkers. Active participation in performing arts produces smart, well-rounded students who are self-assured, self-reliant, and possess those intangible qualities that better prepare them for life-long success.
ASA Seniors have the opportunity to apply and earn this recognition from the Arizona Department of Education for inclusion on their ASA diploma. The Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal is awarded to graduating high school students who complete the Seal of Arts Proficiency Pathway through ASA. The pathway is designed to celebrate students who complete a rigorous, standards-based, and high-quality arts education course of study. Students interested in pursuing the seal will complete the steps outlined in the application by the designated due dates. All students are mentored through the process by an arts teacher.
At the beginning of every year, arts faculty evaluate all new and returning students and place them in the appropriate level of study. Piano and choir are required for all 5th-8th grade students. Middle school students also choose one additional arts class: ballet, theatre or an instrument. In addition to piano, middle school students can also choose an additional class: ballet, theatre, or an instrument. ASA’s curriculum helps students develop skills in regular practice, focused concentration and team work.
The high school arts curriculum consists of three performing arts areas: music, theatre, and ballet. By junior year, students narrow their focus to one major. In high school, all new and returning students are reviewed annually for correct class level placement.
In the senior year, students that are specifically planning on conservatory arts study after graduating from ASA, may apply for a special academic schedule during their 12th grade year. During the spring of junior year students will apply for the Conservatory Bound Mentoring Program through a separate application process.