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Dublin High Students Accepted into CSSSA (California State Summer School of the Arts)

May 3, 2011
Actor Jason Alexander Leads CSSSA Class

Over the weekend three Dublin High School students, all members of the Dublin High Drama Club, opened their mailboxes to find acceptance letters into the selective California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA). CSSSA, in its 25th year, is a 4-week intensive residential program for talented high school students from across California.

This year’s program will be held at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California. CalArts is a private college established by Walt and Roy Disney in 1961, and is the first U.S. higher educational institution to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in both visual and performing arts. Completing the CSSSA program is accepted as three college credits by the CSU system which are also transferable to other colleges and universities through the U.S. CSSSA provides high school students with an enrichment opportunity for the performing and visual arts, as well as a taste of the college experience including living on campus.

CSSSA offers seven tracks for students – animation, creative writing, dance, film and video, music, theatre and visual arts. The program is selective (less than half of applicants are accepted), and each student is required to submit a portfolio of original work that is reviewed by a panel of professionals in each field. Any evidence of parent assistance in the application reduces the likelihood of acceptance. A combination of CalArts professors and leading artists in each field offer students an unforgettable, and in many cases life-changing experience. Two of the accepted Dublin High students will be participating in the Theatre Program and one will be participating in the Creative Writing program.

Dublin High School sophomore Ryan McRee’s experience in the Theatre Program at CSSSA last summer inspired additional Dublin High students to apply for this summer’s program. Ryan wrote about his experiences at CSSSA in an article for last year (read more…) The math and science counterpart to CSSSA is COSMOS (the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science). Both the CSSSA and COSMOS program tuition fees are subsidized by the State of California (out-of-state participants pay the full tuition).

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