Interlochen Arts Academy is the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school, where emerging artists from around the world transform passion and potential into purpose. Guided by distinguished artists, students pursue pre-professional training in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, and film alongside a robust academic curriculum, preparing them to excel in the arts and beyond. Nestled in scenic northwest Michigan, the Academy has been a leader in arts education since 1962.
- Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Film & New Media
- Has produced 46 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, more than any other high school in the USA.
- Interlochen Center for the Arts also has a world-renowned summer arts camp
- Dedicated to world friendship through the universal language of the arts
- Post Graduate year is offered
Our Take: Interlochen Arts Academy
Interolochen Arts Academy is singular in so many ways it can be difficult to know where to start. The only traditional thing about it, perhaps, is that as most academies dedicated to the arts, admission requires audition/portfolio. The academic program is challenging, enriched, and reflects all of the current best practices and then some, including a robust use of experiential learning, both inside the classroom and beyond, and project-oriented instruction. The location is a draw, somewhat set apart from the rush of urban life, though certainly not set apart from the world. Students live and learn alongside academically and artistically like-minded peers from across North America and around the world. That the school is part of the Interlochen Center of the Arts adds another significant dimension to the student experience. It’s a crossroads of the arts, with people arriving throughout the year to take part in the school, yes, but also all the other programs on offer here, including summer sessions, continuing education, and professional mentorship. When students enrol, they enter an environment that is unique in the world, with opportunities for mentorship that simply aren’t found elsewhere. The school’s principle aim is to inspire, and the long list of alumni, many of which return at intervals long after they’ve graduated, is testament to the institution’s ability to do just that.