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Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA, /ˈlɔːksə/) is a Visual and Performing Arts high school located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, California
United States
Coordinates 34°03′51″N 118°10′10″W / 34.064212°N 118.169535°W / 34.064212; -118.169535Coordinates: 34°03′51″N 118°10′10″W / 34.064212°N 118.169535°W / 34.064212; -118.169535
Type Public secondary
Established 1985
School district Los Angeles County Office of Education
Principal Mitzi Lizarraga
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 835 (2014-15)



The school was founded by philanthropist Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson in 1985.[1][2]


LACHSA is a public and tuition-free school. Most people identify the school by its aesthetic campus along with its ability to "offer both college preparatory courses and conservatory style training". Though it shares facilities with Cal State LA, the two schools' activities are usually separate. It is operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.[3] LACHSA maintains a unique affiliation with International Polytechnic High School, which is also run by LACOE.

The school specializes in the training of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and film. It is one of two arts high schools in Los Angeles that allows students from any district within Los Angeles County to attend, the other being Charter High School of the Arts in Van Nuys. Acceptance into the school is based on an audition process for the approximately 130 spots available for incoming students, about 90% of whom are freshman. In 2011 more than 1000 students auditioned, the highest number ever.[4] The school has five departments, Dance, Music (Vocals and Instrumental), Theatre, Visual Arts, and Cinematic Arts (Film). There is also a double major offered for Musical Theatre. The Music Department has the most students, followed by the Theatre Department, Visual Arts, Dance, and Cinematic Arts. In 2012, Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy made an award-winning documentary about LACHSA called "Fame High."[5]

In late March 2013, LACHSA officially moved to its brand new building on the edge of California State University's campus. It has three stories, the top being a full black box theater, that was run by the 626 Crew until 2016, where most performances from the school take place.[6]

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Alumni of LACHSA


  1. ^ Mary Rourke, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, 83; Philanthropist Supported the Arts, The Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2005
  2. ^ 42nd Street in Memory of Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, January 2006 Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine., ArtsHighFoudation: Proudly supporting lachsa since 1985, January 17, 2006
  3. ^ "LACOE Home Version 6.0". 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Los Angeles County High School for the Arts - Reference". Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Fame High". 
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  16. ^ HAIM Sisters On Rihanna And Their Debut Studio Album. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
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