If you have a child with a naturally creative, expressive side, you might want to consider a school that offers strong focus on the performing arts. Here are several public and public charter schools around the Valley that fit the bill:
Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics
2820 W Kelton Lane, Phoenix
602-266-4ART (278) • sequoiacaa.sharpschool.net
Charter school for grades K-12. Professional artists and musicians help students hone performing arts skills in voice, drama, dance, visual arts and a variety of music options.
Arizona School for the Arts
1410 N 3rd St, Phoenix
602-257-1444 • goasa.org
Charter school for grades 5-12. Offers a conservatory model for the arts program, which includes ballet, choral arts, instrumental music, piano, and theater arts. Partners include Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Theatre. Students must have at least eight arts credits to graduate; each credit is the result of a year-long course. All arts classes are taught by professional artists with extensive performance experience.
Foothills Elementary School
15808 N 63rd Ave, Glendale
623-412-4625 • schools.peoriaud.k12.az.us
Public school for grades K-8 in the Peoria Elementary School District. The Foothills Fine Arts Academy emphasizes a student’s special interest in art, dance, band, music or drama. Auditions are held for visual arts, dance, theater and choir, and are open to all area elementary school students in grades 5-8.
Gilbert Arts Academy
862 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert
480-325-6100 • gilbertartsacademy.com
Charter school for grades K-6.
Learning Foundation & Performing Arts
1120 S Gilbert Rd, Bldg 200 #112, Gilbert,
5761 E Brown Rd, Mesa, 480-807-1100
851 N Stapley Dr, Mesa, 480-834-6202
Charter school for grades K-12. Offers drama, dance, performances, guitar, keyboards, art, ceramics and more.
Metropolitan Arts Institute
1700 N 7th Ave #100, Phoenix
602-258-9500 • metro-arts.org
Charter school for grades 7-12. The Visual Arts department offers a wide variety of art disciplines and The Metro Arts Gallery participates four times annually in the monthly Phoenix downtown First Fridays Art Walk, where students exhibit their work. The Performing and Literary Arts departments offer multiple afterschool opportunities in dance, theater, music and creative writing.
New Horizon School for the Performing Arts
446 E Broadway Rd, Mesa
480-655-7444 • nhorizon.net
Charter school for grades K-6. Offers professional, high-quality performing arts instruction in the areas of voice, orchestra strings, drama, musical theater and dance.
New School for the Arts & Academics
1216 E Apache Blvd, Tempe
480-481-9235 • aznsaa.com
Charter school for grades 6-12. Offers an extensive arts curriculum in vocal and instrumental studies and theory of music, drawing, life drawing, painting, theater, photography, alternative processing in photo, creative writing, dance, ceramics, digital arts, film and more.
Silvestre S. Herrera School
1350 S 11th St, Phoenix
602-257-3885 • phxelem.k12.az.us
Public school for grades K-8 in the Phoenix Elementary School District. Offers two signature programs: Fine Arts and Dual Language. Academic goal is to achieve high student performance in the core content areas, language acquisition and the arts.
South Phoenix Prep & Arts Academy (K-4)
South Valley Prep & Arts School (5-8)
Skyline Prep High School (9-12)
7500 S 40th St, Phoenix
602-437-3331 • skylineschools.com/southvalleyschools.com
Charter schools for grades K-12. Offers pre-professional programs designed to introduce students to all aspects of the performing arts world through studies in music, dance, theater and production. Students in all grade levels will perform throughout the year. RAK