All-City Arts Programs

CPS All-City Programs provide greater equity and access to arts programs for every student in CPS, along with celebrating the amazing creativity, talent, and arts learning of CPS students. All-City Programs are Chicago Public Schools’ longest-standing tradition of supporting and recognizing student achievement in the fine and performing arts. The programs consist of exhibitions, concerts, receptions, and performances of student-produced work in: visual art, music, theatre, and dance. Student recognition starts at a regional level first, and then progresses to a citywide level to showcase the most exceptional achievement in the arts.

All-City Arts Programs include:

  • All-City Performing Arts Programs in dance, choral and instrumental music, and theatre for students in grades 3-12
  • All-City Visual Art Exhibitions Program in traditional visual art media for students in grades 3-12
  • ALT-City recognizes student-produced artwork in non-traditional and experimental genres and media in the visual and performing arts (including hip-hop, beat-boxing, break-dancing, sports choreography, a Capella, doo-wop, installation, performative acts, video documentation of urban culture)

For more information on All-City Programming, click here!

Advanced Arts Program (AAP) at Gallery 37

The CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37 provides two years of credit-bearing advanced, honors, and AP courses in the arts, as well as college and career planning to students from high schools around the city. The CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37 is offered at a downtown location near various cultural institutions like the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Joffrey Ballet.

AAP courses include:

  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Vocal arts
  • Culinary arts
  • Graphic design
  • Video production
  • 3D computer modeling
  • Mixed-media visual art
  • AP Sculpture
  • AP Photography
  • AP Drawing and Painting

For any questions, please call 312.742.1461. Review our Audition and Portfolio Review Tips.

High School Magnet Programs in the Arts

CPS high school options in the arts are vast. High school magnet programs in the arts, some of which are application- and audition-based, give students intensive studio experiences in the visual and performing arts, extensive credits beyond the high school arts requirements, and an accelerated general education curriculum that promotes college and career readiness at a high level. Review our Audition and Portfolio Review Tips.

High schools with magnet programs in the arts are:

Chicago High School for the Arts offering conservatories in dance, music, theatre and visual art. Admissions requirements include a minimum ISAT stanine of 5 in reading and math from the 7th grade, and an audition/portfolio review.

Senn High School Magnet Program in the Arts (“Senn Arts”) offers a sequence of coursework in music, theatre and visual art that allows for depth and technique development in the arts. Admissions requirements include a minimum ISAT stanine of 5 in reading and math from the 7th grade, and an audition/interview.

Curie Metro High School Fine & Performing Arts Programs  offers a rigorous study and studio experiences in dance, music and visual art. Although an audition is not part of the admissions process, students must demonstrate an interest and ability level in the visual and performing arts during the first year of the program.

Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts  offers digital media, dance, music, theatre and visual art that allows for depth and technique development in the arts.