Music Academy High School Coursework


High School Completion

The Colburn Music Academy is focused on expanding students’ musical knowledge and performance abilities in preparation for post-secondary study and careers as professional musicians. The Music Academy does not grant high school diplomas. The intensive components of Music Academy instruction and associated activities take place at various times during the week, and students must complete their state-mandated academic education requirements through an external accredited K-12 school. Colburn has relationships with high school programs, and you can find more information about these schools below.

School Partnerships

The Colburn School prides itself on creating a tailored learning environment for each of our students so that they can reach their fullest potential as artists and human beings.

Since the fall of 2018, the Colburn School has partnered with Oak Crest Academy (OCA), an accredited independent academic school for gifted and talented students, to provide a curated high-school

program for Music Academy, Dance Academy and Community School of Performing Arts students at Colburn. OCA offers academic instructors and individualized learning programs on Colburn’s campus for a select number of students grades five through high school. OCA currently serves K-12 students on 6 campuses; Oak Park, Tarzana, Pomona, Harvard, Pasadena, and in Los Angeles at the Colburn School.

The Oak Crest program allows efficiency and flexibility for students seeking more time to pursue their music studies while offering a rigorous academic education, and includes:

  • A Learning Center at Colburn with credentialed teachers, Monday–Friday. At the OCA Learning Center, students will have access to teachers, learning resources, and a suitable space for structured learning in a supportive environment.
  • An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for each student to work at their own pace and at their own level, regardless of age. The ILP is a personalized document that teachers and students develop to chart progress toward specific goals during each school year, to ensure they are on the path to graduation, and to determine what resources and tools they need to be prepared for a successful pathway in life after graduation.
  • An Online or Textbook Option, so each student may choose to complete their course online, with traditional textbooks, or a blend of the two. The OCA online program includes a designated teacher for each course in addition to the teachers at the Learning Center. Students may work at their own pace with both options and will have 10 months to complete their yearly coursework.
  • Flexibility for each student, with an individual learning plan that will include a schedule of work to be completed each week at school or home. Students can create a learning schedule that complements their performing arts schedule.
  • A Calendar for OCA program that works in conjunction with the Colburn academic calendar.
  • National and International Accreditation provides parents with the peace of mind that their child is attending a school that cares about quality.
  • A Rigorous Curriculum is provided for each student. OCA curriculum not only meets our expectations of a pathway for a high school diploma of all students enrolled at Oakcrest Academy, but also meets UC and A-G requirements. The schedule for an OCA student typically includes Science, English, History, PE, and Elective. OCA will provide PE credit for students involved in Colburn dance program, outside club sports or Music Academy coursework in Movement.  Additionally, elective requirements may be met through participation in Colburn’s music offerings.
  • Transcripts and Report Cards are completed by OCA. Students in grades five through eight will receive narrative report cards each trimester. Unlike letter grades, which can encourage comparisons and divert attention from learning, narrative evaluations provide students with individualized information, placing student achievements and efforts in the context of their specific courses. Students in high school will receive transcripts with letter grades, as required by colleges.

Tuition for each student enrolled in the OCA program is set at approximately $9,735.00 per year (final tuition amount will be finalized by April 2023).  Tuition may be paid in full or in installments. There is a $165 application fee and a $2.75% tuition insurance fee. Tuition is inclusive of all curriculum, either online or textbook, and use of the learning center.

Visit Oak Crest’s website for more information.

Colburn Music Academy students may be eligible for a 10% tuition discount to Laurel Springs School. The online K-12 school provides students scheduling flexibility to fit in both academic classwork as well as music studies and performance commitments.

Additional high school options may be available, by approval from the Provost with Laurel Springs School.

For more information, contact Joe Mobile at