Program Overview

  • The Duarte Unified School District is proud to offer a pre-professional arts conservatory program available for students in Grades 7-12 in partnership with the California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV). CSArts-SGV is a public charter school launched in 2017 by the renowned Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) that brings exclusive arts programming to our district. Based on the innovative and award-winning curriculum at OCSA, CSArts-SGV replicates the same high caliber academic and arts education. Students in Grades 7-8 participate in a joint program between CSArts-SGV and DUSD in which our district and CSArts-SGV collaborate to provide students' arts and academic instruction.

    Students have a customized schedule shared between both a DUSD academy and CSArts-SGV campus with transportation to conservatory classes provided by the district. Once admitted to the program, all seventh and eighth grade students continue in the CSArts-SGV program through twelfth grade. Unlike an after-school program, students admitted to the joint DUSD/CSArts Grade 7-8 program receive over 350 minutes and students in Grades 9-12 receive 560 minutes of arts-based training per week embedded within their instructional day taught by certificated academic teachers and industry professionals.

    This one-of-a-kind partnership between DUSD and CSArts-SGV positions students to achieve their goal of postsecondary study in their chosen field of art. Students specialize in four schools of art: Dance, Fine & Media Arts, Music and Theater. Each school of art provides the real-world skills students will need to establish and maintain a professional career in these fields. In addition, students are provided access to master artist programs, which brings A-level talent to our campuses. The partnership also provides students in Grades TK-8 at all DUSD schools a customized integrated arts curriculum and specialty VAPA classes taught by industry professionals, beginning with a comprehensive dance/movement program offered during the school day for all students in addition to their conservatory training.

    To learn more, visit the CSArts-SGV website at http://sgv.csarts.net/. You may also contact Jenny Owen, Public Information Officer, at the email address jowen@duarteusd.org or by phone (626) 599-5019.