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Los Angeles County High School for the Arts sets application deadline

December 31, 2009 | 11:54 am

The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts has set Jan. 22 as the deadline for applying for fall enrollment in its dance, music, theater and visual arts departments.

The school is a tuition-free public high school serving grades 9 to 12 that is located on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles. Operated by the county's Office of Education, it offers a college preparatory curriculum, including AP and honors courses, as well as an arts conservatory program.

Admission is based on academic performance (a minimum 2.0 grade point average and no failing grades for the 2008-09 and 2009-2010 school years) and an audition/portfolio review.

Applicants can audition for up to two departments. The school also offers musical theater and TV/film as electives.

Founded in 1985, the arts school serves more than 570 students from more than 80 Los Angeles County school districts. Alumni include actress Jenna Elfman, actor Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical"), singer Josh Groban and jazz pianist Gerald Clayton.

-- Carla Rivera