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. In our unique program, you will earn a high school diploma with an arts designation as you refine your art and academic skills alongside talented peers, undergraduate and graduate students. The combination is unparalleled.
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.
High school students spending up to half of their time in academic courses with an average student/teacher ratio of 13:1. High school students are prepared to enter the most competitive four-year colleges and universities should they choose this path.
Dr. Martin Ferrell became Headmaster & Dean of High School Academics in January 2017, after over 20 years as an educator. Prior to UNCSA, Ferrell was Academic Dean at the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy where his achievements included overseeing the development and integration of curriculum. Ferrell is the recipient of numerous certifications, honors and awards, including the Diana Prince Master Teacher Award and the Pepsi Teacher of the Year Award and was runner-up for the Virginia Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award.Meet Dean Ferrell
Several UNCSA alumni are nominated for Emmy Awards in creative arts categories, and other alumni have worked on programs that are nominated as the best in their category.
Jessica McJunkins' award for creative project will support her work as a cultural equity contractor for artists of color. Olivia Mead's award for creative enterprise will sustain her nonprofit organization, YogaShield Yoga For First Responders (YFFR).
Visual Arts student Sadie Cornette Cook (HS '16) says UNCSA gave her portfolio the edge over applicants to Yale and other art schools.
High school dance alumna Rebecca Soldinger has found a home in television, working as a producer for the Emmy Award-winning "Rachael Ray" talk show.