Community School of Performing Arts Quick Facts

  • Enrollment: over 2,000
  • In 2017, 96% of the Community School’s high school seniors entered a four-year university or a leading music conservatory upon graduation. Approximately one quarter of the graduating class were scholarship recipients.
  • Approximately 60% of the Community School’s graduating seniors go on to pursue a degree in the performing arts
  • Offers nearly 100 different after school and weekend classes, with private instruction in 20 different instruments, voice, and composition
  • Provides over $600,000 in need-based and merit support to Community School students every year
  • 225 Community School students received financial aid in 2016-2017 to participate in over 700 classes, ensembles, and private lessons
  • In 2017-2018, the Community School will award $495,000 in need-based scholarships to approximately 250 students, which represents nearly 14% of the student body
  • Students have been placed in national honors groups and won top awards in:
    • National YoungArts Competition
    • Music Center’s Spotlight Awards
    • Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
    • International Menuhin Competition
    • Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and NYO2
    • Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
    • DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards
    • Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition
    • ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award
    • ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award
    • Pasadena National Chamber Music Competition
    • International Backun Clarinet Competition
    • Essentially Ellington Student Composition/Arranging Contest
    • Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition and Arranging Contest
    • GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session
    • From the Top
    • Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
    • New York String Orchestra Seminar
    • Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program and Associate Composer Program
  • Dean: Susan Cook
  • Assistant Dean: Candy Nguyen Smirnow
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools since 1980

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