Student Application Information

The IAA program is for students who have a passion for the visual and performing arts.

What are the students in IAA like?  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, some AP classes, Cornerstone College in the Classroom, and of course 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).

Program Grades: 9-12

Admission:  The application process is open to incoming 9th grade students.  Students in grades 10-12 may apply since we occasionally have openings. As interest exceeds capacity, applicants are placed on a waiting list for the 2018-19 school year and may reapply for the following year. 

  • Completion of an online application below.
  • Recommendation forms from two current, academic teachers and one visual or performing arts teacher within or outside of the school setting.  (Students need to provide teacher email addresses on the application.)
  • Letter of Commitment forms signed by student and parent/guardian.
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. However, a passion for the visual and/or performing arts plus a keen interest in combining core academic learning with the arts is essential.  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 arts forms.

Currently, Camas High School is not accepting students on boundary exceptions. Therefore, only residents of Camas can be accepted into the program.  If an applicant is attending a private school or is home schooled, the student must register in the Camas School District after acceptance and before he or she will be registered for IAA classes.

Application Process

The application window opens on December 1st, 2017, and the deadline is February 2nd, 2018 at 12:00 AM. However, applications may be considered after the deadline on a space available basis.

1.  Complete the online application with responses that best represent you. (Click on "Apply Online" button below.) 

2.  Three Teacher Recommendations

On the application, submit email addresses of two, current academic plus one visual or performing arts (in or outside of school).  By providing correct teachers' email addresses in your application, a recommendation request will be automatically sent to the teachers. (All of the Camas School District teachers use the following format:  Their responses will be used along with your application to evaluate your suitability for the program.  

3.  Letter of Commitment Forms
The commitment forms need to be signed by the student and the parent or guardian as part of the application process.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Click on these links to access the forms:

Students Letter of Commitment (click)
Parent/Guardian Letter of Commitment (click)

4.  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.

5.  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.