ChiArts Admissions Brochure

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ADMISSIONS GUIDE

TUITION-FREE ARTS TRAINING - EXEMPLARY ACADEMICS HOME TO OVER 600 STUDENTS FROM ALL OF CHICAGO’S 50 WARDS.


WE BELIEVE IN THE ARTS AS A TRANSFORMATIVE FORCE FOR SOCIETY Artistry gives the courage to make choices, the drive to wake up each day prepared to work harder than the day before, and the responsibility to maintain integrity for ourselves and others. At The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), we use passion for the arts to fuel success for the whole student, and to develop a true scholar-artist. ChiArts, the city’s first public high school dedicated to the arts, offers a college-prep education with a pre-professional arts conservatory program. Students apply to study in 1 of 5 disciplines— creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts—studying with the city’s most motivated teachers and artists. ChiArts scholar-artists participate in a rigorous program which includes 5 hours of academics, 3 hours of arts education, and 1 to 4 hours of practice or rehearsal per day.

IN OUR SHORT HISTORY, CHIARTS STUDENTS HAVE... ƕ Received recognition 23 times from The

ƕƕParticipated in The GRAMMY Foundation’s

ƕƕWon several national gold medals in the

ƕƕBeen invited to be a part of the Thelonious

National YoungArts Foundation for their artistic excellence Scholastic Art & Writing Competition

ƕƕPlaced second in the nation at Broadway’s

August Wilson Monologue Competition

GRAMMY Camp for outstanding young and talented musicians

Monk National High School All-Star Jazz Informance Tour ƕƕRepresented ChiArts as featured speakers at ChiTeen Lit Fest

ƕƕWon the vocal division of the Yokohama

ƕƕExhibited work in the All-City Visual Art

ƕƕPublished writing in several literary

ƕƕDanced in the Youth America Grand Prix’s

ƕƕPerformed with the Alvin Ailey American

ƕƕEarned 9 Posse Foundation scholarships

International Music Festival

reviews and poetry collections

Dance Theater

Senior Portfolio Exhibition

International Finals

MASTER CLASSES AND GUEST APPEARANCES HAVE INCLUDED... ƕAlvin ƕ Ailey Dance Theatre

ƕ Broadway in Chicago

ƕ Tyehimba Jess

ƕHebru ƕ Brantley

ƕ Kevin Eubanks

ƕ Renée Fleming

ƕMark ƕ Bradford

ƕ Mikhail Baryshnikov

ƕ NPR’s Peter Sagal

ƕPoetry ƕ Magazine

ƕ Theaster Gates

ƕ Yo-Yo Ma


SINCE 2009 Mission: The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts®) develops the next generation of diverse, artistically promising scholar-artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. All 50 wards of Chicago have been represented by the student body

65% of students begin as novices, with little to no training in their art

More than 40% of ChiArts students come from low-income families

Nearly 2,500 hours of training accumulated by the time students have graduated

33% Latinx 33% African American 20% White 12% Multi-Racial/Other

More than 3.5 million dollars raised annually from private donors to underwrite the arts conservatories

2% Asian

CHIARTS STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO... ƕ The Ailey School

ƕMiddlebury ƕ College

ƕ Baldwin Wallace University

ƕMorehouse ƕ College

ƕ Berklee College of Music

ƕNew ƕ York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

ƕ Boston Conservatory

ƕNew ƕ York University

ƕ California Institute of the Arts

ƕNorthwestern ƕ University

ƕ Carnegie Mellon University

ƕOberlin ƕ College

ƕ Clark Atlanta University

ƕPoint ƕ Park University

ƕ Columbia College

ƕPomona ƕ College

ƕ Cornish College of the Arts

ƕSchool ƕ of the Art Institute of Chicago

ƕ Dartmouth College

ƕSchool ƕ of Visual Arts

ƕ DePaul University

ƕUniversity ƕ of Illinois at Chicago

ƕ Fisk University

ƕUniversity ƕ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ƕ Howard University

ƕUniversity ƕ of Michigan

ƕ The Juilliard School

ƕUniversity ƕ of North Carolina School of the Arts

ƕ Leeds College of Art & Design

ƕUtrecht ƕ School of the Arts

*2019

1,100 Avg. yearly auditions

600

99%

Students enrolled

Graduation Rate*


ACADEMICS CHIARTS RECOMMENDED GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 4 4/3 4/3 4/3 4/2 3/2 2 2 2 1

English Mathematics Science Social Science Fine Arts World Languages Physical Education Electives** Career Education** Computer Science

The ChiArts academic curriculum offers college prep (CP), honors (H), and advanced placement (AP) classes, all of which align with College Readiness Standards and prepare students for post-secondary education. ChiArts operates on a block schedule where each class meets 3 times weekly. *All AP courses are offered to third and fourth year students. The star denotes the suggested year to take that course. **Can be from Integrated Arts or additional credits in World Language or core subject areas

A CHIARTS SCHOOL DAY 8:00 AM

12:55 PM

Academics (also includes advisory and study hall)

12:55 PM

2:00 PM

Lunch, Club Meetings, Transition into Conservatory

2:00 PM

5:00 PM

Conservatory (Arts) classes

CONTENT

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

English

English I, CP or H

English II, CP or H

English III, CP or H

English IV, CP or H

AP Language & Composition

AP Literature & Composition*

Integrated Math III CP or H

Financial Stats. CP

Math

Integrated Math I CP or H

Integrated Math II CP or H

Pre-Calculus, CP or H AP Calculus* AP Statistics*

Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics, CP or H

AP Physics

Earth & Space, CP or H

Earth & Space, CP or H

AP Biology AP Envr. Science

AP Biology AP Envr. Science

Human Geography

US Gov't & Econ

US History

Elective

AP US Gov. & Politics

AP US History*

AP World History

Physical Education / Health

PE 1/Health

PE II/Drivers Ed.

World Language

Spanish I

Spanish II, CP or H

Spanish III, CP or H

Spanish IV H

Spanish for Native Speakers I

Spanish for Native Speakers II

Computer Science

Integrated Arts

Social Science

Academic Electives

AP Spanish Lan. AP Spanish Lit.


CREATIVE WRITING The Creative Writing Program integrates the ChiArts Core Values into rigorous study of the foundations of Creative Writing and the development of individual voice and polished work. The first two years of the program will consist of training in the elements of Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. Students will write every day and learn habits that will serve them well throughout their lives as writers.

At the end of sophomore year, students will select an area of concentration in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. This will give students the techniques, skills, and individual guidance necessary to focus in their chosen genres. The goal is to provide a high level of instruction and experiences that prepare students for further study at the college level or entrance into the profession.

Students will also have significant practice in critically and clearly thinking about their own work and the work of others, as well as the ability to offer targeted and thoughtful feedback that aims to support a writer’s intentions and guide a writer towards his or her best work. Students will also gain experience editing and publishing a literary magazine.

Upon successful completion of the four-year program, ChiArts Creative Writing students will have developed a solid foundation in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, including both writing and a deep and wide knowledge of texts, and will have a polished portfolio including pieces from each genre. This foundation will make the students competitive candidates for undergraduate Creative Writing programs.


DANCE The Dance Conservatory is designed to give dancers a strong foundation in classical ballet, modern dance techniques and exposure to a variety of dance styles that will be beneficial for their journey to the professional stage. Our Scholar-artists receive professional training from top-notch faculty who are globally recognized teachers, performers, and choreographers.

Dance Conservatory students study various dance techniques, ballet/ pointe, modern (Horton, Graham), contemporary (jazz, modern), conditioning, Spanish, hip hop, tap, intro to yoga, in addition to their personal & professional development classes.

The overall goal of the program is to establish a solid foundation with which students can begin to progressively develop their skills as a professional dancer. The Dance Conservatory is committed to providing a high level of instruction and experiences that will prepare students to study dance at the college level or enter a professional dance training program. Students of all abilities may audition for admission into the Dance Conservatory. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in dance, as well as students who have not had prior training but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn.


MUSIC The Music Conservatory at ChiArts provides students of varying levels of previous musical training with an intensive and comprehensive course of study in instrumental and vocal music, with a concentration on classical and jazz genres. Students study music theory, music history, including non-Western forms, aural skills, music technology, and choir.

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Vocal performance majors receive training in vocal techniques, experience in ensembles, keyboard skills, acting, song Writing/composition and movement. Instrumental performance majors undertake rigorous study of the technique and repertoire of their instrument through classes and ensembles.

All music students also participate in a Professional Development seminar during their junior year in order to reflectively prepare themselves for success in the next steps of their musical journeys. Students of all abilities may audition for admission into the Music Conservatory. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in music, as well as students who have not had prior training but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn.


THEATRE The Theatre Conservatory offers a rigorous program of instruction at the highest artistic and academic level. The program has a mission to prepare students for admission into competitive college/ university programs and/or to work in the profession. Students in the Theatre Conservatory have the unique experience of working with a range of artists from the Chicago theatre community, giving them insight and experiences with professionals in the field. The Theatre Conservatory currently includes two programs: Acting and Musical Theatre. The Acting major focuses on a progression of study that includes acting, voice and speech, movement, history of theatre practice and literature, stage production and design, periods and styles, and devising new work.

The Musical Theatre major works with faculty from the Theatre, Music and Dance conservatories, and focuses on a progression of study that includes acting, vocal technique, dance, music theory, keyboard, the history of musical theatre practice and literature, stage production and design, and devising new work.

Students of all abilities may audition for admission into the Theatre Conservatory. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in theatre, as well as students who have not had prior training but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn.


VISUAL ARTS The Visual Arts Conservatory begins with foundational instruction, including an emphasis upon essential art-making skills and understandings, and progresses toward more complex concepts, including critical analysis of visual culture and the fostering of independent work. The program challenges and empowers students to develop their own aesthetic as each matures into an innovative artist and critical thinker. Students study a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, illustration, graphic design, as well as art history and professional development. Additionally, students have the opportunity to take an elective in their junior year and 2 electives in their senior year.

The junior electives include Materials Studies, Photo Mechanics, Typography, and The Mural. The Senior electives are currently Contemporary Practices: Performance and Installation, Wearable Sculpture, Sequential Arts, and Digital Media.

Students of all abilities may audition for admission into the Visual Arts Conservatory. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in visual arts, as well as students who have not had prior training but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn.


STEPS FOR ADMISSION:

01. APPLY

Applications are available for current 8th graders online, beginning in October at go.cps.edu. The deadline for applications is set in December by the Chicago Public Schools. Only completed applications received by the date set will be evaluated. Applications are available for transfer students at chiarts.org. The application windows are set by the Admissions Department each semester: October-November for the Spring semester, March-April for the Fall semester. Only completed applications received within that time frame will be evaluated.

02. AUDITION

Applicants audition for their desired conservatory with a performance or portfolio review. After the preliminary audition, students may be asked to return for a second audition. Audition requirements are subject to change, and applicants are responsible for preparing the most current version. Visit the website or call the admissions office at 773-534-9718 for updates. ChiArts offers shadow days and open houses. Please check our website, chiarts.org, for registration information and event dates.

TIMELINE

OCT

OCTOBER: APPLICATION OPENS

NOV

DEC

DECEMBER APPLICATION DEADLINE

*Transfer applications are considered at the end of each semester for the following semester. Specific dates are available on chiarts.org.


A COMPLETED 8TH GRADE APPLICATION INCLUDES:

A COMPLETED TRANSFER APPLICATION INCLUDES:

ƕ 7th grade NWEA Reading and Math

ƕ Up-to-date transcript ƕ

standardized test scores

ChiArts app (chiarts.org)

ƕ CPS Universal Application (go.cps.edu)

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR 8TH GRADERS:

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFERS:

ƕ A minimum percentile score of 24 in both

ƕ 2.5 GPA

reading and math on 7th grade NWEA

ƕ Credit Evaluation

ƕ Students with IEP/504 Plans may have a

combined reading and math percentile total of 48 (e.g., reading 20 and mathematics 28)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: ƕƕCreative Writing: 4-6 page prepared writing

ƕƕDance: one minute solo, participation in one

ƕƕMusic: Instrumental: 2 solo pieces, 2 major

ƕƕTheatre: Acting: 1 monologue, participation

sample, timed writing session

hour dance class

scales, sight reading or Vocal: 2 contrasting songs, vocal exercises/warm ups

ƕƕVisual Arts: 7-10 pieces of student’s work for

in an ensemble class or Musical Theatre: 1 monologue, 1 song, participation in a dance class

evaluation, participation in a sketch class

JAN

FEB

JANUARY - FEBRUARY: AUDITIONS

MAR

MARCH: ACCEPTANCE LETTERS OUT


ADMISSIONS OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: 773-534-9718 Fax: 773-534-4022 Email: admissions@chiarts.org Address: 2714 W Augusta Blvd Chicago, IL 60622 Website: chiarts.org

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