Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy at a Glance
Type: Pre-Professional Arts, College Preparatory (Coeducational)
Support for ADHD: Yes
Year Founded: 1928 Teacher - Student Ratio: 1:6
Average Class Size: 15 Students on Financial Aid: 70%

Description: Established in 1928, Interlochen Arts Academy is the country's first and foremost preprofessional fine arts boarding high school for students grades 9 to 12 and postgraduate. It's a small, close-knit artists' community where only 500 students are enrolled at a time. Some of the country's most talented and dedicated young students study comparative arts, creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre arts, and visual arts.

IAA provides a challenging and fast-paced high school curriculum in a college-like setting in an environment that inspires and is conducive for creative thought. Living among other creative students and a supportive staff helps students flourish and leads the way to self-discovery. Faculty members and guest artists who were successful in their own fields help enrich the experience of students and give them a better idea of how to find personal fulfillment as well as success in their future profession.

While the school's focus is in preprofessional arts, the curriculum of IAA prepares students for future success in any field. Students work on accelerated academic instruction while also working on intensive artistic studies. Students produce no less than 250 artistic presentation every school year. The school has a strong program for core subjects like science, math, english, history and political science, and world language.

The school's college counseling staff creates a schedule matrix and course selection for students in order to help them meet their graduation and post-secondary requirements. They help students in selecting the college they want to apply to, create their portfolio or repertoire lists, prepare for standardized testing and interviews, and more.