A limited number of spots. Selected applicants will audition for Academy of the Arts with placement for those accepted in Spring 2025.
We are the only school in the Western Suburbs that provides:
Adjunct instructors from the collegiate and professional artistic industries provide our students with a direct link to the current state of the arts world.
All students take business courses to prepare them to be artistic entrepreneurs.
Students conduct capstone projects in their major art area of concentration. A culminating project where students will be encouraged to think critically and creatively. Artists develop skills in research, communication, media literacy, self-sufficiency, and professionalism.
Emphasizes both lyrical and percussive styles with an emphasis on turns and leaps. Develop skills and techniques needed for dancing in Broadway musicals.
Students have access to professional experiences to prepare them for the real artistic world.
Guest teaching artists are essential to our curriculum. All arts areas feature a rotation of professional teaching artists throughout the year to provide a wide, scope of skills and perspectives.
As a pre-professional arts program, students have access to modern technology that prepares them for arts experiences in the real world.
As students grow in the program, they take specialized courses to prepare them in their areas of interest beyond general arts classes. For example, a music student will take courses in conducting, arranging, and private lessons on their instruments as part of their school day.
With professional partnerships at the core of our philosophy, students are given the opportunity to partner with professional artists and arts organizations to further their education through internships.
Complete the application here. The application includes questions about the student and family as well as their previous experience and desired arts pathway. There is a non-refundable fee of $95 for all applications. Fee waivers are available on an as-needed basis.
No, students are not required to live in Naperville. Our goal is to support students from a wide radius around Naperville.
Yes. Academy of the Arts is committed to providing a significant amount of financial support to students in need. This assistance is determined as part of the application process and is based on funds available.
Students can attend Academy of the Arts for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Our curriculum team has been researching best practices for academic and artistic training at Academy of the Arts for several years. Several veteran educators and school administrators have worked together to develop academic curriculum models that align with Illinois Common Core State Standards with a focus on student-driven learning and the application of knowledge to real world situations to develop a deep conceptual understanding. Our team also has arts integration specialists that understand the unique learning styles of young artists. Students will be assessed throughout their academic journey to ensure that they are on track for college and career readiness.