Study: The impact of arts-intensive high schools

Arts-intensive high schools can vary in their specific characteristics: public or private, day or residential, admission through lottery or audition, a focus on performing arts or fine arts, and urban, suburban, or rural. However, they all provide a unique atmosphere for high school students through customized learning experiences.

In its latest DataBrief, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) examined the long-term impacts of attending an arts high school. From 2011-13, thirteen arts high schools participated in SNAAP and nearly 4,000 high school alumni responded to the survey.

A key indicator of success for any high school is the number of graduates who pursue further education. Nearly all respondents indicated that they pursued some kind of further education after graduating from their arts high schools, and 95% said their school prepared them well for further education.

To read the full DataBrief, click here.

SNAAP is headquartered at the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University School of Education.