F.A.Q.

What ages do you accept to the program?


The Summer Arts Conservatory is an advanced training program for students interested in exploring the curriculum utilized at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. As such, we accept students ages 10 to 15. Students not in the aforementioned age bracket (both younger or older) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




Do you still have space in the program?


Yep! We still have space in all of our departments!




I contacted your company but I haven't received a response yet.


Did you check your spam folder? Our emails often land there so make sure you check your spam folder as well as your inbox! Also, we maintain a minimal staff during the non-summer months (to keep the cost of tuition down) and it may take us a few days to get back to you!




How do I apply? Is there an audition process?


Registration is now open. Simply click on the link entitled "ENROLL" located in the menu at the top of this page and fill out our registration form. Payment is required at the time of registration. Once you've successfully registered and paid, you'll receive a confirmation email and that's it! One week before your selected session begins, you'll received a "first-day details" email with all of the information you'll need to start camp! Make sure to check your spam folder as our emails sometimes land there!




I was just accepted to LACHSA for the fall - is this program right for me?


Absolutely! Get a head-start on your LACHSA experience this summer and familiarize yourself with the curriculum and faculty.




I'm not attending LACHSA next year - can I still enroll in the program?


Yes! Even if you've chosen to attend a different school in the fall, you still can be a part of the LACHSA community and develop your skills at the Summer Arts Conservatory.




Can the Summer Arts Conservatory guarantee me admission to LACHSA?


No. The Summer Arts Conservatory is owned and administered by the Theatrical Education Group. We are not a LACOE program, we are not involved in any way with the audition process at LACHSA, and we cannot guarantee admission to LACHSA. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to explore the curriculum utilized at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts alongside LACHSA teachers and alumni.




Can you explain how the daily schedule works?


The Summer Arts Conservatory students are divided by age into small group cohorts. Cohorts are capped at 10 students. Students will not rotate between classes but will stay in their designated location to reduce the chance of mixing with other students.
To see an example of the daily schedule, please click HERE.




What should I do if I have to pick my child up early?


No problem! Please email us the day before indicating when the child will be leaving. We will make sure your child is waiting for you at your designated pick-up location (which is the same place your dropped off your child in the morning). If you need to pick up your child unexpectedly in the middle of the day, please call our office at 818-957-1619 and follow the prompts to speak to the on-site camp coordinator. Once you arrive, please call our office and we will walk your child out to your car. Please do not exit your car.




Do you offer discounts or scholarships to students?


Yes, we do offer discounts! Discount codes can be found on our promotional materials (posters, flyers, postcards, etc.) By entering a valid discount code, the total tuition cost will be reduced by $24.00. Discount codes cannot be combined with the Early Bird tuition rate, cannot be applied to previously submitted applications and may only be used once per student. We also offer a special referral refund - please email us for more details. Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer scholarships.




Are there any additional fees for any of the classes?


Students who enroll in either the Visual Arts Department or the Cinematic Arts Department for their afternoon intensives will be charged a small fee for materials. Both the Visual Arts students and the Cinematic Arts students are charged an additional $50.00. This fee covers the cost of expendables, supplies, materials and equipment particular to those classes.




Do you offer a payment plan?


The Theatrical Education Group cannot facilitate payment plans paid by check. However, if you have a PayPal account, you can choose “PayPal Credit” as your payment method. When selecting your payment option during the registration process, select "PayPal" and log in to your PayPal account. You can then choose the "PayPal Credit" option. This financing plan (offered through PayPal only) consists of no payments, no interest for 6 months!




My child is going to miss part of the camp - can you prorate the tuition?


Unfortunately no. We hire our staff per 1 week session (as opposed to per day). Hence, even if your child only attends 1 or 2 days of the session, we still have to hire our teachers for the full week. Please click HERE to see our policy for camp closures due to a Covid outbreak.




Our plans have changed - what’s your cancellation policy?


Please click HERE for our cancellation policy.




How are students broken up into groups?


Students are broken up into small group cohorts based on the art department they selected during registration. Departments are capped at 10 students per week. NO switching of departments is permitted under any circumstances for the safety of the campers, their families and our staff.




Is there a culminating event?


Ordinarily, the Summer Arts Conservatory has a final performance. However, the pandemic has made large group gatherings unsafe. As such, each small group cohort will work throughout the 1 week session on multiple performance pieces which they can take home with them.




Can my child attend only one week or half days? What if we have to miss a day?


The Summer Arts Conservatory is structured as a full-day, 1-week program and we hope your child can attend camp every day. If you have to miss a day, we completely understand and that's not a problem at all. If you have a longer schedule conflict that would cause you to miss more than a few days, please email us so we can work something out.




Can my child attend multiple sessions? Are sessions the same?


We would love to have your child attend all of our sessions! This summer, we have restructured the curriculum into one week sessions. Should your child choose to attend multiple weeks, we would differentiate the lessons to allow them to explore different artistic modalities!




What level of training will my child receive? Does this program require prior experience?


At the Summer Arts Conservatory, we welcome all levels of experience! Our instructors are trained to adjust the curriculum to meet the individual needs of the students. Beginning students with no prior experience will be made to feel right at home while advanced students will be given differentiated instruction to ensure their needs are being met!




Are there any special supplies or clothes we need to bring?


Students enrolled in the Visual Arts Department or the Cinematic Arts Department will need to pay a $50 materials fee for expendable supplies - all other materials for the remaining departments are provided by the Summer Arts Conservatory! You will need to provide an approved mask for your child to wear at camp - the Summer Arts Conservatory will not provide your child with a mask. Please make sure your child wears an approved mask and follows our dress code. Click HERE to read our policy on masks and the dress code.




I ordered a Summer Arts Conservatory t-shirt. When will I receive it?


T-shirts ordered at the time of registration will be handed out at the beginning of camp. Additional t-shirts can be ordered through the session and will be distributed as soon as payment is received.




Do you provide meals for the students or does my child need to bring a lunch?


You'll need to pack a lunch AND a water bottle for your child every day - we don't provide meals for the students. Make sure that you pack extra snacks with their lunch (as there are two snack breaks during the day). Please make sure you send your child with a large water bottle with their name clearly written on it. Click HERE for our policy on breaks and lunch.




Do you share my information or email with outside parties?


No. Theatrical Education Group does not share any student and/or parent registration information with any other parties. Theatrical Education Group does not store or have access to any payment information (including but not limited to credit card information). All payments and refunds are handled directly through PayPal. Theatrical Education Group does not share email addresses with any outside parties, and emails from Theatrical Education Group are confined solely to communications regarding the Summer Arts Conservatory.




How is your camp responding to COVID-19?


The Summer Arts Conservatory will be open in the summer of 2021. To ensure that students, staff and families will be as safe as possible, we have restructured our camp and implemented a number of safety measures including non-mixing small group cohorts capped at 10 students and no final show. We have also reimagined the curriculum to make sure that students can remain six feet apart at all times. Click HERE to see our full plan for safely conducting camp during the pandemic.




Why isn't the Summer Arts Conservatory taking place at LACHSA this year?


The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) is located on the campus of Cal State LA. Currently, CSULA is a mass vaccination site for the County of Los Angeles. The site is currently managed by FEMA and the National Guard - it has been reported in the media that on April 11th, FEMA and the National Guard will no longer manage the site. However, both the state of California and the County of Los Angeles have stated their intention to keep vaccination site open through August to continue innoculating the population. As such, CSULA has firmly and unequivocally told us that they will not be allowing any summer youth programs on their campus. We have had multiple conversations directly with the highest levels of CSULA administration, and they have been very clear that no summer youth programs will occur on their campus this summer. It should be noted that LACHSA is returning for a limited hybrid schedule for the final 2 months of the academic year because they have been directed to do so by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) which manages LACHSA. CSULA has made an exception for LACHSA to run an extremely limited hybrid schedule (art students will only be on campus for 1 day a week) for the final two months of the school year). However, that is the only exception that CSULA is making and we have been told repeatedly that no youth summer programs will be allowed on campus this summer. Fortunately, the Summer Arts Conservatory has relocated to the beautiful campus of La Canada High School! Situated in the rolling hills between Glendale and Pasadena, LCHS features a number of outstanding facilities to support the curricular needs of the Summer Arts instructors including a 500 seat proscenium theatre with an attached black box, a fully equipped choir room, an expansive visual arts studio and a state-of-the-art TV and film studio!





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