Student Application Information

The IAA program offers a unique way of learning for students who have a passion for the visual and performing arts.  It's important to understand that the IAA program is not easier than the traditional model, it’s just a different approach to and engagement with the same level of rigor.

Who are the students in IAA?  IAA is an inclusive community of learners who have a range of academic abilities and variety of personal interests, activities, and post high school dreams. The commonality they share is their love of the arts and a desire to be a part of a smaller community within the large high school. 

Flexible scheduling
While in the four-year program, students will be able to take regular CHS classes outside of their cohort including CHS visual and performing art classes that develop their skills and techniques. All of the classes offered in IAA meet Core 24 graduation requirements and prepare students for college and any career field (not just in the arts).  Click on this link to view our IAA Four Year Plan.

Program Grades: 9-12

Admission:  The application process is open to incoming 9th through 12th grade students where we have openings. As interest exceeds capacity, applicants are placed on a waiting list for the school year. 

Application Requirements:
  • Completion of an online application below.
  • Recommendation forms from current teachers, two academic plus one visual or performing arts teacher within or outside of the school setting.  (Students need to provide correct teacher email addresses on the application.)
Criteria:  Acceptance into the program is based on a review of student applications, teacher recommendation forms, and individual learning needs.  Students do not need to audition, present a portfolio, or even have highly-developed talent in order to be accepted into the IAA program. Applicants may be concerned that they aren't "good enough", however, any student who has a passion for the visual and/or performing arts plus a keen interest in combining the arts with their core academic learning is a great fit.  An ideal candidate will express a commitment to one or more art forms, have an open mind, plus a willingness to actively explore multiple art forms of dance, theatre, music, visual art, literary art, and film. We want students to gain a well-rounded appreciation of multiple art forms.

Currently, Camas High School is not accepting students on boundary exceptions. Therefore, only residents of Camas can be enrolled in the program.  If an applicant is attending a private school, is homeschooled, or attending a school outside of the Camas School District, the student will need to be registered in the Camas School District before he or she will be enrolled in IAA classes after acceptance.

IAA Student Commitments

Applicants must agree to the follow the commitments that we ask of all our IAA students:
  1. Engage fully in arts-integrated IAA classes which are challenging and interesting. Our projects include critical thinking assignments that can help prepare you for college. The four-year program satisfies Core 24 Graduation Requirements and college admission requirements. As part of the program, we include some AP classes which work well for curricular integration, but students are not obligated to take the test nor should they fear the challenge.
  2. IAA Freshmen are not required to take the College and Career Readiness class. They must choose a visual or performing arts class for their elective, or they may take classes/lessons with an approved, outside provider. 
  3. Enthusiastically explore a variety of visual and performing art forms. At times, your comfort level may be challenged, but we strive to create a safe environment for you to grow creatively.
  4. In order to create a warm and nurturing environment that is safe for taking creative risks, we expect students to contribute a positive attitude with corresponding behavior while accepting others who make up our diverse community of learners.
  5. IAA is a four-year program. Participation in Cascadia Technical Academy (formerly known as Skills Center) may conflict with our schedule. And only part-time Running Start is a possibility.
  6. Students must maintain excellent attendance, and schedule appointments or vacations at times that do not conflict with classes or program events. This is because your presence in school is critical to successful projects and collaborations with others. There are no after-school requirements except participation in 1-2 evening events each year.

Application Process

The application window for the 2018-19 school year has re-opened for additional 8th and 9th grade students.  Other grade levels are encouraged to apply and will be accepted on a space-available basis.  Questions may be sent to

1.  Complete the online application with genuine responses that best represent you. (Click on "Apply Online" button below.)  The questions consist of:
  1. Tell us about yourself. 
  2. What is your training or experience in the arts? 
  3. What is it that appeals to you about the IAA program? 
  4. How would you rate your willingness to try new art forms? 
  5. Describe a recent creative risk, challenge, or something new you tried in your favorite art form. Explain what you learned from the experience.
2.  Three Current Teacher Recommendations
As a courtesy to your teachers, please ask them for their recommendation prior to applying.  They will receive an automated email request with a link to a Google Form for them to complete the moment you submit your electronic application. (There is no need for them to submit a separate, written recommendation; our form will suffice.) Their responses will be used along with your application to evaluate your suitability for the program.

On your application, it is critical that you submit the teachers' correctly spelled, email addresses. All of the Camas School District teachers use the following format:  You need to submit:
  • two, academic teachers plus 
  • one visual or performing arts teacher (in or outside of school). 
3.  Forecasting for 2018-19 Classes
During the forecasting week at your school, you will select classes normally, regardless of your acceptance into the program. Our IAA counselor will make changes to schedules of those students who are accepted.

4.  Acceptance Notification
IAA staff will review all student applications and teacher recommendations.  An acceptance decision notification will be sent to the home and student email addresses provided in the application. Accepted students will be scheduled into IAA classes by our IAA Program Counselor. Once accepted, students will remain in the program through graduation and do not need to reapply each year.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us: