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LA Cultural Exchange - L.A. High School + Arts Los Angeles Program

L.A High School + Arts

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM - HIGH SCHOOL + ARTS

If you are a young performing or visual artist under 18 and want to further your training in Los Angeles, we are the high school exchange program for you.

We are the only arts-focused, L.A.-based high school exchange program and we only accept 12 students. Our program is for both international and U.S. high school students who are dancers, actors, singers, musicians, photographers, painters, fashion designers, etc. who want to further their training in Los Angeles.

We will take care of finding you your L.A. family match, enrolling you in high school, assisting you with your training program plan and schedule, monthly activities and monitoring your progress and assimilation to life in Los Angeles as a young artist.

NOTE: On a very select, case-by-case basis we will consider highly skilled skateboarders and soccer players because these are two things we do exceptionally well in Los Angeles. Tell us why you want to study in L.A. because we look at students who have a passion, a hobby and who want to do something that L.A. does REALLY WELL.

All about High School + Arts in L.A. 

  1. PROGRAM OVERVIEW
  2. SCHEDULE
  3. DATES AND PRICES
  4. FAQ
  5. STUDENT INQUIRY

PROGRAM TYPES

We offer the following options: semester, quarter (January-March), Summer DANCE in L.A., Summer ACT in L.A., academic year.

PROGRAM SHEET & TRAINING

You must be serious about your art and the reason for being in Los Angeles. Our L.A. program is small on purpose and we need to make sure you are ready and willing to train and take advantage of every opportunity L.A. has to offer. Do you have to be Beyonce? No! But you have to have the passion for your art. Passion for dance, acting, singing, making music or creating your art is how we choose our exchange students. How do we help you further your training? We will create a program plan for you listing the various schools, workshops and training options based on the student’s experience and goals. We will assist you with the best course of training. All program sheets are individualized for each student based on your level of training, skill and goals.

NOTE: Doing at least one thing on your program plan is mandatory or you will be dismissed from the program. You are chosen for the program because you want to train in your craft.

HIGH SCHOOLS

We work with public schools: Birmingham Community Charter for our international students and CHAMPS High School for U.S. students. We do have online options for working U.S. actors and dancers and those with demanding training schedules.

You will take 8 classes, which will be determined based on your country/state school requirements and your interests. For example, an acting student may take English, math, science, history, economics, acting 1, play production and choir. We help you decide on your classes.

NOTE: The arts classes in our high schools are at a high school level and cannot compete with the high level of arts training outside of school. You take your art as an elective in high school to make friends who share your same interests. But your real training is outside of school. You will be required to train outside of school.

Activities

With so many things to do in L.A., our student group activities are always fun. We will explore touristy parts of our city as well as some hidden gems. Our goal is for you to explore of fabulous city and all the fun you can have.

School

We work with a few key public schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students are offered Advanced Placement classes in Calculus, Physics, Biology, English, Economics, Foreign Language, and many others. Our schools provide a variety of elective classes and after-school activities. Our students are required to take four academic and two elective courses. We are serious about our students' achievement so all students must maintain good academic standing in order to stay in the program. Our program is for many English levels. For students who need to improve their English skills, our schools provide English as A Second Language courses.

Student Selection

We have a very limited number of space for our Los Angeles High School Exchange program and select our students carefully. We look at the student as a whole: reasons for coming to L.A., personality, interests, kindness, honesty, etc.) You only have one exchange experience and we want to make sure L.A. is the right place for you.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

START

APPROX.  START DATES

DEADLINES

Fall Semester

August 15 - December 15

May 1

Spring Semester

January 5 – June 5

November 1

Spring Quarter

January 1 – March 30

November 1

Summer DANCE in L.A.

July 1 - 31

April 1

Summer ACT in L.A.

July 1 - 31

April 1

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INCLUDE?

  • Enrollment in your high school
    • Matching you with one of our L.A. families
    • The host family takes care of room and board: three meals a day, support, help with school, activities, a family structure
    • Creating your personalized training program plan
    • Organizing group activities to explore L.A.
    • Monitoring your progress and integration into your L.A. family and high school

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE?

  • Airfare
    • Mandatory health insurance
    • Monthly expenses like $24 a month unlimited METRO pass or cell phone
    • Arts training as it varies per student level, career goals, etc. Note: arts training options will be listed on your program plan
    • Pocket money

WHERE IS THE PROGRAM LOCATION?

Our program, L.A. host families, schools and training facilities are located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, primarily in the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood and east to Lake Balboa/Encino. This is accessible to major modes of transportation, including two METRO subway lines for easy access to school, home, arts training and all of Los Angeles.


L.A HOST FAMILY

We take great care in matching you with your L.A. family. Our families host for a variety of reasons and are of many backgrounds, religions, sizes and makeup, which is a true reflection of our eclectic and culturally rich city. You must be ok with living in an international city. But all of them have the desire to open their home and help young artists fulfill their dreams. You will be a member of the family. You will have breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, dessert in your home. You will be comfortable, have Wi-Fi of course, and enjoy life in L.A. as a teenager. This will be your home, not a hotel. You’ll see why L.A. is so diverse and amazing.

IS THERE PROGRAM SUPPORT?

You will be a part of the L.A. Cultural Exchange student family, which will include other international and U.S.  We are a very small, arts-focused program that selects 12 students a semester only. In addition to your L.A. family, your Program Managers are available 24/7, and live in the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of L.A. where our program is located.

IS THERE TRANSPORTATION?

It is your job to get to school and training. L.A. is huge and all of our students must understand that it will take time to get places and need to plan accordingly. We will assist you in obtaining your discounted student METRO pass (your BFF) and showing you how the METRO system works. This exchange is a time to live, really live in a city and that means learning how to move in it.

WHO WE ARE

We are Artists Exchange Group, Inc., an arts education, marketing and tourism corporation based in Los Angeles' booming NoHo Arts District since 2003. The NoHo Arts District is Los Angeles' official arts district located in the North Hollywood neighborhood. NoHo is filled with 20+ theatres, professional dance studios, acting studios, art galleries, recording studios, boutiques and a myriad of dining options and venues that give us one-of-a-kind events.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

  • SKYPE interview with the student.
  • Accept student in program
  • Fill out application Part A 
  • Finish application Part B (health, school, waivers)
  • Match the student with the host family and school
  • Fill out school-specific forms
  • Invoice (tuition if applicable) and application fee due
  • Full Name:*
    E-mail*
    Your Country:*
    Your City:*
    Your State:
    Your Age:
    Why would you like to study in Los Angeles?
    If you are interested in the arts, please describe your experience or training.
    Which program are you interested in?
    How did you hear about L.A. Cultural Exchange?

     

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