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School Profile 2011-2012 FINAL - The Chicago Academy for the Arts


									                                                                                       School Profile

                       The Chicago Academy for the Arts prepares young artists for life
                     through rigorous academic education and professional arts training.

Established in 1981, the Chicago Academy for the Arts is a nationally
recognized, internationally influential independent high school acclaimed for          Chicago Academy for the Arts
its successful academic model and intellectually savvy graduates. Designated                      Pamela Jordan
a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, CAA offers a                      Head of School
rich, interwoven, and stimulating curriculum comprised of rigorous courses,
workshops, and practicums that encourage complex creation and problem
solving through both collaboration and self-motivated learning. Urging                              Jason Patera
students to dig deep into their potential, CAA prepares curious young minds                    Assistant Head of School
to meet and master an increasingly challenging and diverse world.               

CAA students are award-winning intellectuals and artists. Within recent years,
                                                                                               Kathryn Baltensperger
CAA has produced a National Merit Scholar, a Presidential Scholar, a
                                                                                               Director of Development
YoungArts finalist, and numerous winners and finalists in major national and   
international arts competitions. CAA graduates are sought after by colleges,
universities, and conservatories across the nation; they are described by
admissions directors as focused, disciplined, ambitious, and self-aware. 95%                      Melissa Brookes
                                                                                               Director of Admissions
of 2011 graduates are continuing their education at leading universities, colleges,
art institutes, and conservatories across the United States and the UK. The 44
students comprising the Class of 2011 were collectively awarded nearly
$4 million in college scholarships.                                                                Martin Grochala
                                                                                         Director of Institutional Advancement
Graduates leave CAA as artists, thinkers, doers, and culturally fluent leaders  
who can make the conceptual leaps and forge the personal bonds essential to
creative thought and action. Notable alumni include nuclear physicist Jeremy
                                                                                                 Melania Lancy
Callner, Emmy Award-winning composer Alex Wurman, filmmakers Adam                                College Counselor
Rifkin and Tom Hodges, organist David Miller, costume designer Catherine        
Thomas, actress and singer Elisabeth Withers, artist Michael Ferris, Jr., and
dancers Randy Herrera, Jonathan Alsberry, Craig Hall, and Tom Gold.
                                                                                                Kaitlyn Myzwinski
CAA faculty members are nationally published authors, distinguished                       Associate Director of Admissions
professional artists, and award-winning teachers. Honors include the Fulbright
Award, the Golden Apple Award, the Albert Einstein Distinguished Teacher
Award, the Chicago Tribune “Chicagoan of the Year” Award, and nominations                         Lauri Sugerman
for the American Choreography Award, the Joseph Jefferson Award, and the                         Business Manager
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History “History Teacher of the Year      
Award”. The entirety of CAA’s arts faculty are practicing professional artists
within their respective fields. Master classes and guest artists provide context                   Kimberly Swise
for learning not possible in traditional schools; guest lecturers have included                      Registrar
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert, Oscar-winning actor and director    
Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter
Garth Brooks.

                                                  CEEB/ACT CODE: 140-627
                     1010 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60642-5414 P 312.421.0202 F 312.421.3816
                                                     Students must pass a rigorous arts audition and academic review to gain
    College Acceptances                              acceptance to CAA, and only 60% of applicants for the 2011-12 school year
         2006 - 2011                                 were offered admission. (Enrollment for the 2011-12 school year is 143
Of the schools below cataloged in Peterson’s         students.) Slightly more than half of CAA’s students commute from outside the
2012 Four-Year Colleges Guide, 95% are listed        city of Chicago; many travel several hours per day to and from school. CAA’s
as having a “Moderately Difficult” entrance           student body is 62% Caucasian, 13% African American, 12% Hispanic, 8%
difficulty or higher. 50% are listed as having a
“Very Difficult” or “Most Difficult” entrance          Multi-Racial, 4% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 2% American Indian or Alaskan
difficulty.                                           Native.
     Academy of Art University • Agnes Scott         CAA’s school day consists of six 45-minute academic periods followed by a
 College • Allegheny College • American Music        three-hour immersion in one of six arts departments: Dance, Media Arts
   & Drama Academy • American Academy of             (filmmaking and writing), Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts.
 Dramatic Arts • American University • Antioch       While the school day officially ends at 4:30 pm, most students stay after
   College • Atlanta College of Art • Baldwin-
  Wallace College • Ball State University • Bard     school to attend rehearsals, practice, attend performances, participate in
  College • Belmont University • Beloit College      recording sessions, work in the labs, or meet with teachers.
 Bennington College • Berklee College of Music
    Boston Conservatory • Boston University          CAA’s rigorous academic program is built around core studies in English,
      Bradley University • Brandeis University       mathematics, social studies, world language, science, and elective courses.
      Brooks Institute of Photography • Butler       While CAA does not “track” its students, the scope and sequence of courses
     University • California College of the Arts
    California Institute of Art • California State   is designed to meet the needs of incoming and returning students with a
     University, Long Beach • California State       variety of backgrounds and strengths. The average academic class size is 13;
  University, Sacramento • CAP 21 • Carnegie         the average underclassman math course has seven students.
Mellon University • Carthage College • Catholic
University of America • College-Conservatory of      Throughout the school year, students participate in nearly 100 productions,
  Music, University of Cincinnati • Central Saint    including concerts and recitals, musicals, plays, readings, screenings,
   Martins College of Art & Design • Chapman         exhibitions, outreach opportunities, and benefits. Additionally, CAA’s location
        University • Chicago State University
    Cleveland Institute of Music • Coe College       just outside Chicago’s Loop provides faculty and students with unparalleled
   Colby-Sawyer College • College for Creative       access to (and partnerships with) museums, professional theatre and dance
Studies • College of DuPage • College of Santa       organizations, recording studios, galleries, and local professionals.
    Fe • College of the Holy Cross • Colorado
 College • Columbia Basin College • Columbia         Arts departments conclude each semester with a one-on-one student
 College • Columbus College of Art and Design        assessment and review process that includes self-reflections and goal-setting,
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science
& Art • Cornell College • Cornish College of the     juries, portfolio reviews, and interviews with faculty.
  Arts • Curry College • Dean College • DePaul       Major art events at CAA include:
   University • DePauw University • Dickinson
    College • Dominican University, California         • Visual arts exhibitions including figure drawings, paintings, prints, and
 Drake University • Earlham College • Eastman             sculpture;
   School of Music • Edinburgh College of Art
     Elmhurst College • Elmira College • Elon          • the Senior- and Faculty-Choreographed Dance Concerts;
    University • Emerson College • Emily Carr          • the “Big Movie,” a feature-length film produced, directed, edited, and
  University of Art + Design • Emory University           written by the Media Arts Department;
   Fairfield University • Florida State University
       Fordham University • Friends University         • Jazz Fest, Opera Scenes, and various classical and jazz concerts;
        Goucher College • Grand Valley State           • Several plays and a set of student-directed one-act plays; and
        University • Green Mountain College
         Greenville College • Grinnell College         • The “All-School Musical,” produced by the Musical Theatre Department
  Guildford School of Acting • Hamilton College           and featuring the contributions of students from across the school.
   • Hampshire College • Hampton University
  Hawaii Pacific University • Hofstra University      Current special initiatives include:
     Hope College • Houston Ballet Academy
   Howard University • Illinois State University      • The CAA Global Exchange Program, which gives students and faculty the
    Illinois Wesleyan University • Indiana State        opportunity to think and act with global perspective while connecting with
University • Indiana University – Hutton Honors         partner schools such as the School of the Arts, Singapore and Collège
  College, Bloomington • Indiana University at          Sainte-Anne de Lachine in Montreal, Quebec;
Bloomington • International Academy of Design
& Technology • Ithaca College • Kansas City Art       • The Music Department’s Composition program which, among other major
 Institute • Knox College • Lawrence University         projects, produces an original opera each year with a libretto and score
      Lewis & Clark College • Lewis University
        Loyola Marymount University • Loyola            created by the CAA Student “Opera Team”; and,
University Chicago • Mannes College of Music          • The CAA Repertory Dance Company, which gives select CAA dancers the
  Marlboro College • Maryland Institute College         opportunity to perform the works of nationally recognized choreographers
of Art • Marymount Manhattan College • McGill
  University • McNally Smith College of Music           in professional venues.
        Mercy-Hurst College • Michigan State         The Chicago Academy for the Arts is accredited by the Independent Schools
   University • Millikin University • Milwaukee
     Institute of Art and Design • Minneapolis       Association of the Central States (ISACS), is recognized by the Illinois State
  College of Art and Design • Moore College of       Board of Education (ISBE), is a member of good standing of the National
     Art and Design • Mount Holyoke College          Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and is also a member of the Arts
 Mulhenberg College • New England Center for
   Circus Arts • New England Conservatory of         Schools Network. CAA maintains an active chapter of the National Honor
        Music • New World School of the Arts         Society.
Standardized Test Data	                             CAA offers seven AP courses: Art                      College Acceptances
CAA students routinely score above                  History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC,
the state and national averages on                  European History, French, Literature,                      2006 - 2011
standardized tests. The graduating                  and Spanish. AP courses are                       Of the schools below cataloged in Peterson’s
class of 2011 scored 11% higher                     available to students by                          2012 Four-Year Colleges Guide, 95% are listed
                                                                                                      as having a “Moderately Difficult” entrance
than the Illinois state average on the              recommendation only.                              difficulty or higher. 50% are listed as having a
ACT and 15% higher than the Illinois                More than half of CAA students                    “Very Difficult” or “Most Difficult” entrance
average on the SAT.                                 typically enroll in one or more                   difficulty.
A d d i t i o n a l l y, C A A s t u d e n t s      honors-level or AP courses.                         New York University • North Central College
demonstrate high readiness for                      In 2010-11, CAA students earned a                      Northeastern Illinois University • Northern
college (as demonstrated on the ACT                                                                      Illinois University • Northwestern University
                                                    score of 3 or higher on 70% of the                        Oakland University • Oberlin College
exam), exceeding Illinois “college                  AP exams taken.                                    Occidental College • Ohio Wesleyan University
readiness” averages by 67% (Social                                                                     Oklahoma City University • Otis College of Art
Science), 38% (English), and 29%                    Grading Scale and Course Weights	                      and Design • Otterbein University • Pace
                                                                                                      University, Pleasantville Campus • Parsons The
(Math).                                             Courses are graded and weighted as                       New School for Design • Pennsylvania
                                                    follows in GPA calculations. CAA                  Academy of the Fine Arts • Pennsylvania State
                                                    does not rank its students.                           University, University Park • Pitzer College
 ACT scores by the graduating class of 2011
                                                                                                        Point Park University • Pratt Institute • Reed
                                                      Grade       Standard   Honors        AP              College • Rhode Island School of Design
                CAA         Illinois    National                                                        Rhodes College • Ringling College of Art and
  Section      Average     Average      Average          A           4         4.5          5         Design • Ripon College • Rochester Institute of
                Score       Score        Score                                                          Technology • Rockford College • Roosevelt
                                                         B           3          4          4.5
                                                                                                        University • Rose Bruford College • Rutgers,
 English         24.6          20.6       20.6           C           2          2           2
                                                                                                           New Brunswick • Saint John's University
  Math           21.8          20.9       21.1           D           1          1           1          Saint Mary's College • Saint Xavier University
 Reading         24.3          20.8       21.3                                                            Sam Houston State University • San Diego
                                                    Graduation Requirements	                            State University • San Francisco Art Institute
 Science         21.6          20.7       20.9
                                                                                                         San Francisco Conservatory of Music • San
  Com-                                              English	         4 years                          Francisco State University • Santa Barbara City
                 23.3          20.9       21.1
  posite                                            Social Studies 	 3 years                          College • Santa Fe University of Art and Design
                                                    Mathematics 	    3 years                               Santa Monica College • Sarah Lawrence
                                                                                                       College • Savannah College of Art and Design
     ACT “College Readiness” Statistics
                                                    Science   	      3 years                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago • School
                                                    World Language	 2 years                              of the Museum of Fine Arts • School of the
                                          % of
               % of CAA % of Illinois
                                        national    Arts Electives 	 1* fewer than the                      Visual Arts • Scripps College • Simpson
               ACT test-   ACT test-                                                                          College • Southern Illinois University,
                 takers      takers
                                       ACT test-    total years a student attends CAA.
  Section                                takers                                                            Carbondale • Southern Illinois University,
              demonstrat- demonstrat-               (*May be waived to accommodate additional
                                      demonstrat-                                                      Edwardsville • Southern Methodist University
              ing college ing college               college admission requirements.)
               readiness   readiness
                                      ing college                                                       Springfield College • St. Andrew’s University
                                       readiness                                                       St. Olaf College • Stephens College • Suffolk
                                                    Additionally, students in the Music,
  English         90             65        66                                                                University • SUNY Purchase College •
                                                    Media Arts, Musical Theatre, and                   Syracuse University • Temple University • The
   Math           54             42        45       Theatre Departments present senior                 Juilliard School • The Naropa University • The
  Social                                            re c i t a l s a s a re q u i re m e n t f o r      New School • The New School for Jazz and
                  80             48        52                                                          Contemporary Music • The University of Iowa
 Science                                            graduation.                                            The University of the Arts • Triton College
                                                                                                       University of Arizona • University of California
 SAT scores by the graduating class of 2011
                                                    Transcript Release & College Visits	              at Los Angeles • University of California, Santa
                                                    Official CAA transcripts are released               Barbara • University of California. Santa Cruz
                                                    only to accredited educational                     University of Chicago • University of Cincinnati
                        CAA            National
                                                                                                      University of Colorado at Boulder • University of
    Section            Average         Average      institutions. Test scores are not                    Dayton • University of Essex • University of
                        Score           Score       included on the transcript unless                  Evansville • University of Hartford • University
                                                    specifically requested by the student.               of Hawaii at Manoa • University of Illinois at
   Critical                                                                                               Urbana-Champaign • University of Illinois,
                        574              497        S t u d e n t s a re re s p o n s i b l e f o r      Chicago • University of Iowa • University of
                                                    requesting that test scores be                        Massachusetts, Dartmouth • University of
     Math               519              514                                                           Miami • University of Michigan • University of
                                                    forwarded directly from the testing
                                                                                                       Minnesota, Twin Cities • University of Missouri
    Writing             568              489        agency.                                            University of Missouri, Kansas City • University
  Composite             1731            1509                                                          of North Carolina School of the Arts • University
                                                    College visits are welcomed as time
                                                                                                             of North Texas • University of Northern
                                                    permits and may be scheduled by                          Colorado • University of San Francisco
AP and Honors Courses	                              contacting Melania Lancy, College                   University of Southern California • University
CAA offers ten honors-level courses,                                                                        of St. Andrews, Scotland • University of
which are offered to students by                                                                      Washington • University of Wisconsin, Madison
                                                                University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee • Vassar
recommendation only. Additionally,
                                                                                                       College • Viterbo University • Wagner College
students in upperclassman English                                                                        Warren Wilson College • Webster University
courses may earn honors credit by                                                                      Western Illinois University • Western Michigan
earning a grade of at least 97%                                                                                 University • Wittenberg University
during the semester.
                                    Academic Courses Offered by Approximate Grade Level and Subject Area

Grade                 English                       Math                 Science             Social Studies     World Language              Electives

                                               Algebra 1A
                                                                         Science                                     French 1
  9             Freshman English                Algebra 1                                    World History
                                                                      Investigations                                 Spanish 1
                                             Honors Algebra 1

                                               Algebra 1B
                                                                                                                     French 2
 10             American Literature             Geometry                 Biology            American History
                                                                                                                     Spanish 2
                                             Honors Geometry
                                                                                                                                         Business and the
            Literature and Composition*           Algebra 2                                                                                    Arts
                                                                                            Modern American          French 3
 11          Literature Through Film*                                                       History Through                               Introduction to
                                              Honors Algebra                                                         Spanish 3
                                             and Trigonometry                                     Film                                         Acting
            Literature and the Comedic
                      Form *‡                                                                Global Affairs                              Music Theory and
               Chicago Literature *‡                                                         Honors World
                                                                                              Religions‡                                    Studio Art
            Shakespeare as Literature
                 and Drama *‡                     Discrete               Physics
                                                 Mathematics                                    Honors                                    Urban Design
                                                                                              Philosophy‡       Honors French 4
               Heroes and Myths *‡                                    Anatomy and
                                                   Honors                                                         AP French              Video Production
 12                                            Introduction to                                Art History‡
           Native American Literature *‡
                                                  Calculus                                                     Honors Spanish 4
            Literature of World War I *‡                                                     AP Art History‡     AP Spanish
                                              AP Calculus AB
           African American Literature *‡     AP Calculus BC                                 AP European
            Latin American Literature *‡

                   AP Literature

                                       Learning Resource / Study Skills is offered for credit and may be repeated.

                                                   *one-semester course ‡offered in alternating years

                                                               Arts Courses by Department

                     Dance                                              Media Arts                                           Music

                                                                        Animation                                    Chamber Ensemble
                                                                     Cinematography                                      Composition
                Ballet, levels A-C
                                                                       Fiction 1 & 2                           Ear Training 1, 2, and Advanced
 (Ballet also includes classes in pas de deux,
                                                                     Film Aesthetics                                     Film Scoring
            menʼs ballet, and pointe)
                                                                   Form and Structure                                    Jazz Combo
                                                                    Media Design 2D                                   Jazz Improvisation
              Dance Composition
                                                                       Poetry 1 & 2                            Music Theory 1, 2, and Advanced
                Dance Survey
                                                                   Screenwriting 1 & 2                                    Piano Lab
            Jazz Dance, levels A-C
                                                                    Sound Production                                    Private Lesson
      Modern Graham Technique, levels A-C
                                                                  Video Production 1 - 4                                    Studio
                                                                        Workshop                                   World Music Ensemble

                Musical Theatre                                          Theatre                                           Visual Arts

                                                                        Acting 1-4
                   Acting 1-4
                                                                        Directing                                         Color Theory
                                                                  Eight-Week Workshop                                        Design
           Musical Theatre Studio 1-4
                                                                      Movement 1-3                                        Drawing 1 - 4
            Musical Theatre History
                                                                  Professional Internship                             Interdisciplinary Arts
             Private Voice Lesson
                                                                      Script Analysis                                       Painting
                                                                     Senior Seminar                                       Printmaking
  Musical Theatre students also take dance
                                                                     Stagecraft 1 & 2                                       Sculpture
 courses (including Ballet, Jazz, and Modern)
                                                                     Theatre History
      offered by the Dance Department.
                                                                    Theatre Literature
                                                                    Voice and Speech

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