Charter High School of Arts-Multimedia and Performing (CHAMPS) is an independent public charter high school offering small arts-infused academic classes including honors and advanced placement, as well as comprehensive academies for liberal arts, dance, drama, film, music, digital arts and robotics. Students come from diverse backgrounds and a wide geographic area from within the San Fernando Valley and various parts of Los Angeles County. CHAMPS is unique in the greater Los Angeles community of private and public high schools because of its competitive college preparatory curriculum, wide selection of arts specialties and electives in concert with small academic classes. These offerings are designed to enhance the educational experience of every student, as well as advance the skills of those training in a specific art form. Students enrolled in the arts academies’ curricula train up to 20 hours per week honing their talents and skills, in addition to handling a rigorous academic regimen. Other students opt for the school’s Liberal Arts Academy, which tracks alongside entrance requirements to the great majority of U.S. colleges and universities, including the University of California and California State University systems, and features honors and AP classes. Additionally, CHAMPS’ robotics team is the 2014 State VEX robotics champion and winner at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship, where approximately 500 teams from around the world compete for the top prizes. There are 70 faculty and staff members, approximately 35% with Master’s degrees and beyond. CHAMPS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).
Accreditation & Memberships:
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has accredited Charter High School of the Arts. Teachers and Administration hold memberships in the College Board, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC), California Association of School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, California Charter School Association (CCSA) California Intercollegiate Federation, and the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.
Academic Course Load:
Students choose courses each year from the major areas of study and are required to be enrolled in a minimum of six courses. Only seniors who exceed the graduation requirements may be enrolled in a reduced course load allowing for concurrent enrollment in college courses or for participation in a professional internship.
Each Class meets for a 90 minute block two times a week and every class meets for 35 minutes one day a week on a Modified Schedule. This Modified Schedule accomodates for a Professional Development Day. The current student/teacher ratio is 28:1.
Grade Reports/Determining Credit:
The academic year is divided into two grading periods. Semester examinations are given at the end of each grading period. Five units of credit are awarded each successfully completed semester course. Students must earn a minimum 60% to receive credit.
CHAMPS offers a college preparatory curriculum with a global perspective. Equal emphasis is placed on the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Foreign Languages and the specialized classes of the Performing Arts Academy, Multimedia Academy, Robotics Academy, Written Arts, Broadcast Communications and physical development.
The academy experience enhances the educational experience of every student while advancing the skills of those training in a specific art form. Students enrolled in these academies train up to 20 hours per week honing their talents and skills in addition to mastering a rigorous academic regimen. Academy program requirements exceed entrance requirements to the great majority of U.S. Colleges and Universities.