ArTES (Art, Theater, and Entertainment School)
About the Learning Program
The Art, Theater, and Entertainment School (ArTES) has been granted increased autonomy by LAUSD to inspire and celebrate innovation. ArTES employs the power of technology to engage learning, and every student here has an iPad. ArTES is a school that develops meaningful relationships between students and educators, holds high expectations, values creativity and inquiry, provides support, and celebrates achievements. At ArTES, students are lifelong learners who embody multiple roles within their community: STUDENT – CITIZEN – ARTIST. ArTES creates an academic and creative environment that emphasizes depth of exploration over breadth. Their approach follows a four-step mission to identify strengths and needs, hold high expectations, provide support, and display outcomes.
A brief timeline of how it all happened
- Prior to 2010, a group of eight teacher leaders worked together at a comprehensive high school.
- The teachers dreamed of creating a different type of school that would integrate the arts and college readiness for all students.
- This team of teachers appealed to the district to start a small school within the comprehensive high school.
- School Board member Nury Martinez encouraged the team to dream bigger and apply to be a pilot school on the Cesar Chavez Learning Academies site.
- The application for ArTES was submitted and approved.
- ArTES opened in 2011.
- In 2014, ArTES became a magnet school, one of the few magnet and pilot schools in the district.
ArTES Magnet hosts an annual event called ArtRiot, a spring festival that showcases student art and performances.
Impact on graduation and college-going
ArTES Magnet works with many community partners such as ProjectGrad, EduCare, CalArts, Arts Schools Network, Youth Policy Institute, and the Innovative School Leadership Initiative to ensure that students have the resources for academic and life success. The dual focus on integrated arts and college-going have resulted in high academic achievement.
- The class of 2016 had a 93% graduation rate.
- The class of 2017 is predicted to have a 95% graduation-going rate.