High School Program

High School Program

The high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts combines top-tier academics with immersive conservatory training in the arts. You will earn a high-school diploma — including AP courses. If you are a musician or dancer, you will develop your craft alongside talented peers, and college and graduate students. The synergy can’t be matched.

The Conservatory Experience

For a promising young artist, there’s something transformative about living and learning in a vibrant creative community. From small recitals to elaborate productions, you will be inspired and challenged by the rewards and rigors of the professional artistic life. Throughout this extraordinary experience, you will be supported and guided by caring faculty mentors and staff who understand the unique needs of young artists.

The Academic Experience

UNCSA high school students spend up to half of their time in academic courses. All classes — including Advanced Placement options in English, mathematics, science and social studies — are taught by full-time instructors holding master’s or doctoral degrees in their field. Class sizes are small (oftentimes 16 students or less) and academic subjects are infused with discussions of the arts and its important role in society at large. 

Visit + Apply

The best way to learn about UNCSA is to visit our campus, where you will experience the creative energy of our students firsthand. Whether rehearsing a scene, practicing a solo, researching a period dance in the library, or sharing ideas over lunch at The Pickle Jar, UNCSA students eat, breathe and live their art.

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Welcome from Martin Ferrell, Dean of High School
Martin Ferrell

Welcome! Talented UNCSA high school students take arts and academic courses culminating in a high school diploma; we structure student schedules so that students have ample time for daily classes in both. Academic classes are small and our faculty are committed to nurturing our students and helping them grow academically. I encourage you to take a look at the UNCSA High School Profile for more information.

High School News
Learn more about the UNCSA High School program through these features and news stories.
High School Alumni Stories
Graduates of our high school program go on to do amazing things. We couldn't be more proud.