ADVANCED ARTS PROGRAM (AAP)
AAP is a Chicago Public Schools off-campus high school magnet arts program that provides CPS high school juniors & seniors with a year-long, two hour Honors or AP-level arts course.
Since 1999, AAP has provided over 2,200 CPS high school students from over 60 high schools opportunities to excel in the arts in a supportive and academically rigorous learning environment.
Students participate in a 2-hour, 2-credit Honors or Advanced Placement course, team taught by a professional artist affiliated with Chicago’s most prestigious arts organizations and institutions, and a certified CPS teacher. Students are engaged in intense project-based learning experiences that include regular field trips to artists' studios, museums, galleries, theaters and concert halls. Students are given opportunities to perform on stage in public and to create art for a variety of public venues. AAP provides career guidance and intensive post-secondary planning. Many prestigious and top ranked colleges and universities recruit directly from AAP.
As part of the students' regular school day, classes meet five days a week from 2:45pm - 4:45 pm for the entire school year at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, located at 66 East Randolph Street. Students receive daily bus passes for round-trip transportation. All course materials and equipment are provided.
APPLICATION PROCESS REQUIREMENTS
Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for the upcoming school year.
Application form: Applicants must complete the entire online application form as well as the online recommendation form with appropriate recommendations by a teacher, counselor and parent/guardian. Students must have completed the online application form and bring their unofficial transcripts to the interview /audition/portfolio review.
Interview: All applicants must go through an interview, portfolio review, or audition.
Fine Arts & Arts and Technology candidates must bring samples of their best work. In the past, sample artwork has ranged from student portfolios to sketchbooks. Performing Arts candidates should be prepared to sing/dance/act/perform. Students interested in Dance and Vocal should bring music to audition. Students interested in the Jazz Ensemble should bring their instrument. Culinary candidates, along with their interview, have the option of bringing in samples of their work.
Visit our APPLY page for more information.