The ADVANCED ARTS PROGRAM aka "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 Dual College Credit 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 3:00pm - 4:40pm 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.