• Conservatory of Fine Arts                                                                                Conservatory Logo

    A Supplemental Instructional Program for Talented Students, Grades 3-12

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    The Conservatory of Fine Arts is a Saturday morning supplemental instructional program, offered on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, that is open to third through twelfth grade LAUSD students who have been identified as talented in the arts or recommended by their regular schools.  


    Both District arts instructors and professionals from arts fields stretch students' abilities in their selected disciplines. Instructors provide differentiated instruction with a broad and varied curriculum aligned to the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework. Vocabulary and historical context of the arts are emphasized. Students focus on the skills and techniques needed to be ready for a career in the arts.  


    2020-2021 Parent Orientation Video

    Parent Orientation Video

    Video de Orientación de Padres



    Instruction is provided on select Saturdays for each academic year.

    Performing Arts Division

    Offers instruction to students who have talent in drama, dance, and/or voice.

    Visual Arts Division

    Serves students talented in drawing and painting.


    Final Gala Events


    Performing Arts

    Final Showcase Performance

    Esteban Torres High School auditorium


    Visual Arts

    Final Art Exhibition

    Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State LA 


    Parent Testimonials

    "My son is a quiet boy. Since he has attended the Conservatory he is more confident and participates in school plays. He feels he can take on the world. I THANK LAUSD for this program."


    "The Fine Arts program has taught my daughter to be confident, focused, creative, and to be creative with non-verbal communication. This program is a very structured and tailored program. I am very satisfied as a parent."


    "This is a safe educational space where both my children are able to explore, develop, and create their art... Here you can take your time and observe details and get into the process. Safe place! Conservatory is very important to us."


    "We see great value in this program... Kids are developing their talents in visual arts through your creative arts program. It's very important... we see the development and love it. Really appreciate you having this program in place for us to come to... This is an amazing program and we hope to do all 10 years of it, from 3-12th grades."


    "My daughter suffers from anxiety and this program has helped tremendously to help her overcome some of her fears. It's invaluable for her self-confidence and I greatly thank you for letting my daughter be a participant."


    How to Apply

    Due to Covid-19, the 2020-2021 Conservatory of Fine Arts will be offered virtually, beginning in January 2021. Because of the nature of virtual instruction, class sizes will be kept small and no new applications for the 2020-2021 season will be accepted. Returning students and students identified as talented at the November 2019 audition/demonstration event will receive instructions on how to enroll in the 2020-2021 Conservatory of Fine Arts program.


    Charter Schools

    Due to state restrictions, the administrator of an LAUSD authorized independent or affiliated charter school must contact the Charter Schools Division to coordinate payment through the fee-for-service process for each new student to participate.



    Please note that transportation is not provided for this program; parents are expected to furnish transportation.