Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

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Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
5151 State University Drive


United States
Coordinates 34°03′51″N 118°10′10″W / 34.064212°N 118.169535°W / 34.064212; -118.169535
Latitude and Longitude:

34°03′51″N 118°10′10″W / 34.064212°N 118.169535°W / 34.064212; -118.169535
TypePublic secondary
School district Los Angeles County Office of Education
PrincipalJohn Lawler

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA, /ˈlɒksə/) is a visual and performing arts high school located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) in Los Angeles, California, United States.


The school was founded by philanthropist Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson in 1985. [1] [2]


LACHSA is a public and tuition-free school. Most people[ who?] identify the school by its aesthetic campus along with its ability to offer both college preparatory courses and conservatory style training. Though it shares facilities with Cal State LA, the two schools' activities are usually separate. It is operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. [3]

The school specializes in preparing students for careers in the arts . It is one of two arts high schools in Los Angeles that allows students from any district within Los Angeles County to attend, the other being Charter High School of the Arts in Van Nuys. Acceptance into the school is based on an audition process for the approximately 130 spots available for incoming students, about 90% of whom are freshmen.

The school has five departments, Dance, Music (Vocals and Instrumental), Theatre, Visual Arts, and Cinematic Arts (Film). There is also a double major offered for Musical Theatre. The Music Department has the most students, followed by the Theatre Department, Visual Arts, Dance, and Cinematic Arts.

In 2012, Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy made an award-winning documentary about LACHSA called Fame High. [4]

In late March 2013, LACHSA officially moved to a more permanent building on the edge of Cal State LA's campus. It has three stories, the third floor being a black box theater, where most performances from the school take place. [5]

As of 2019 the total minority enrollment is 65%, and 19% of students are economically disadvantaged. L.A. County High School for the Arts is 1 of 2 high schools in the Los Angeles County Office Of Education.

Student enrollment

LACHSA serves around 565 students in grades nine through twelve, with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1. Full-time teachers 57.

2019 Demographics of student body
Hispanic and Latino American 28%
African American 9%
Asian American 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
White European Americans 35%
Multiracial Americans 14%
Female 60%
Male 40%

Academic recognition

  • LACHSA received a GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10. [6]

us news 2019 Rankings [7]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Mary Rourke, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, 83; Philanthropist Supported the Arts, The Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2005
  2. ^ 42nd Street in Memory of Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, January 2006 Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, ArtsHighFoundation: Proudly supporting lachsa since 1985, January 17, 2006
  3. ^ "LACOE Home Version 6.0". Lacoe.edu. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  4. ^ "Fame High".
  5. ^ http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2013/06/05/13889/the-joy-of-a-new-school-lachsa-students-celebrate/
  6. ^ "Explore L.A. County High School For The Arts in Los Angeles, CA". GreatSchools.org. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ "usnews". Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  8. ^ ""A.I." Official Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
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  11. ^ a b c "Culture Monster". The Los Angeles Times. April 6, 2010.
  12. ^ Castuera, Ako. "About". thinging. WordPress. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Drew Garrett AFTRA
  14. ^ Gurewitsch, Matthew (July 28, 2002). "MUSIC; The New Boy Wonder of the Voice". The New York Times.
  15. ^ "Gretchen Parlato Interview with Joe Montague of Riveting Riffs Magazine". Rivetingriffs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15.

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