For high school students who wish to pursue advanced study in a particular artistic discipline, a mentorship program provides one-on-one contact with a CalArts graduate or graduate student with proficiency in that field. These usually take place during a student’s free period or after school. Past mentorships have included: jazz piano, landscape painting, acting lessons, among many others.
Independent studies are an opportunity for in-depth study of particular subjects that are not offered in the regular curriculum. Students recruit a faculty sponsor to jointly devise a curriculum and must complete a program of instruction as well as a culminating portfolio or project.
While similar to an Independent Study, a Special Topic is an enrichment course that allows students to pursue special interests without the rigor of a full independent study.
Advanced Studies Courses
Course offerings vary according to student interest and ability. Currently, American Government, American History, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science AB, English Language, English Literature, French Language, Human Geography, Music Theory, Number Theory, Physics C, Spanish Language, and Statistics are available.
After having completed their coursework in May, seniors devote 2-3 weeks pursuing a current interest or experimenting with a new idea. Senior Projects have included making documentary films, conducting oral history projects with senior citizens, assisting with the Special Olympics, working for a political campaign, apprenticing in a law office, participating in programs to assist the homeless, serving as an apprentice to a craftsperson, organizing a neighborhood watch, etc. The projects culminate in two days of seminars for faculty, administrators, and fellow students, discussing the details of each project.
High School Clubs
Asian Affinity Group, CAAMASO (Connecting African, African-American, Multiracial Students at Oakwood), Cultural Awareness, Debate, DIVAS of Color, GECO (Gender Equality Club at Oakwood), Student Council, Admission Committee, Yearbook, High School student newspaper, Global Nomads, Drama Club, Community Youth Partnership, Girls Learn International, Somos Unidos, Sound Crew, Sports Council, Film Club, Chiapas Project, Theater Tech, Somos Unidos, Mock Trial, Rainbow Alliance, Arts Fair Committee, International Thespian Society, Peer Tutoring, LA Family Housing, Prom Committee, and MANY more. Students may create additional clubs with a faculty sponsor.