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Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation's first and foremost fine arts boarding high school, is situated on a 1,200 acre wooded campus in northwestern lower Michigan. Interlochen offers pre-professional study in Creative Writing, Dance, Motion Picture Arts, Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts.

Interlochen unites students with peers and faculty who support their highest aspirations, creating a close-knit artists' community. Over 450 of the world's most talented and motivated young artists live, learn and perform together in a college-like setting. They find in the Academy a fast-paced, creative environment that challenges, inspires and focuses their talents.

While producing more than 250 artistic presentations in the school year, Academy students also master a rigorous college-preparatory academic curriculum that prepares them to take prominent roles in a whole universe of professional endeavors. Students and faculty understand that liberal arts, math and science are vital ingredients in the Interlochen experience. The members of the graduating class of 2006 enrolled in several of the world's top colleges and universities, including The Juilliard School, Princeton University, Yale University, The New England Conservatory, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan and many others.

Since 1980, 38 Interlochen graduates have been chosen as Presidential Scholars in the Arts and Presidential Scholars in Academics, more than any other high school in the United States.

The Interlochen Arts Academy is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association-Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the National Association of Schools of Music, as well as numerous other associations.

Financial Aid
Interlochen's commitment to a diverse, talented and highly motivated student body results in a strong financial aid program. More than half of the Academy student body receives some kind of financial aid. As a parent or student it is important to equate the value of what an Interlochen education means for the future. While future success always depends on the motivation, initiative, discipline and talent of the student, the 206 Interlochen students who graduated in 2005 received more than $4.7 million in scholarship offers from among the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.

To gauge a student's potential for success within the demanding and intense program at the Academy requires a very thorough and complete evaluation. We are seeking individuals who:

  • Demonstrate a high level of artistic achievement and/or potential in their chosen art form
  • Succeed and thrive in a challenging and rigorous academic environment
  • Are excited and enthusiastic about learning
  • Have the ability and desire to make a positive contribution to the Academy family

The priority application and financial aid deadline for the 2007-2008 school year is February 15, 2006. Campus visits are available and encouraged.

For more information, visit Interlochen online at or contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at or 800-681-5912.

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