August 25, 2023


CSArts-SGV’s Academic Back-to-School Night is coming up on Thursday, September 7! Classroom presentations will be held from 6-7:55 p.m. in person on the CSArts-SGV campus. Click here for the Back-to-School Night flyer. Please have your student’s classroom schedule (with room numbers) handy so you know which classroom presentations to attend during each block. You can access their schedule via your Aeries parent portal home page.

Prior to classroom presentations, from 5-5:45 p.m., CSArts-SGV will host two optional parent information sessions:

  • Metro Safety Presentation (with the LA Metro and Los Angeles Sheriff Department) in the Cafeteria
  • Song for Charlie: Fentanyl Education for Parents in the Duarte Performing Arts Center (PAC) 

Please note that, in order for faculty and staff members to prepare for Back-to-School Night, Thursday, September 7 is a no-conservatory schedule day, with school starting at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 2:05 p.m.

During this event, all Highland Avenue Parking Lot spaces will be available. In addition, overflow parking will be available on Northview Field and on Central Avenue, east of Highland Avenue. 


Please note that all Lost and Found items will be donated on the first and third Fridays of each month. The first donation will happen at the end of the day next Friday, September 1. We ask that you remind your students to regularly check the Lost and Found at the front desk for any missing items. Keep in mind that storage space is scarce, so items that are left for longer than two weeks are donated to local nonprofits.

Additionally, be sure to join the Facebook group CSArts-SGV Lost and Found in order to see all future updates and lost items that are posted.


Please be reminded that deliveries such as food, balloons, and flowers are not permitted during instructional hours or Lunch, as they cause unneeded disruptions. Any daytime deliveries will be stored and not available for students to pick up until after school is over for the day. For students who are remaining on campus for an after-school commitment, dinner may be dropped off in the CSArts-SGV front lobby at the end of conservatory classes. 


AP Program Information 

If you or your student are new to the Advanced Placement (AP) program, please watch our AP Exam Information presentation. This video covers the AP Program at CSArts-SGV and its implications for the college application process, along with need-to-know information regarding AP exam ordering and registration for the 2023-2024 school year.

For reference, the 2024 AP exams will be administered over a two-week period in May, Monday, May 6Friday, May 17. To view the full AP testing schedule, click here. All students currently in an AP class at CSArts-SGV are eligible to take the corresponding AP exam. 

Purchasing an Exam

Students wishing to take one or more AP exams this year should pay for the exam(s) through their MySchoolBucks account. The exam fee, established by the College Board, for each test is $97. If your family qualifies for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP), the fee is $64 per test. Students are encouraged to register and pay only for those exams they are committed to taking. When ordering exams, we highly encourage both student and parent to be present to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. Make sure to print and save your email payment receipt for your records, as students may need it for future reference or refunds. The deadline for purchasing AP exams is Wednesday, November 1, at 11:59 p.m.

For more comprehensive information on AP exam purchasing and registration, please click here.


Thank you to all of the parents/guardians who attended the Parent Meet & Greet Breakfast this past Wednesday! It was so great to see all of you and get the year off to a really positive start.

As a reminder, this event was sponsored by Encore, a fun, social membership group that provides opportunities throughout the year to connect and socialize with other CSArts-SGV families! If you are interested in joining Encore, now is the time. When you join Encore by Friday, September 1, you will automatically be entered to win some spectacular prizes in Encore’s first-ever Five Days of Giveaways. Each day from Monday, September 4 through Friday, September 8, one lucky Encore member will be randomly selected to win an exciting CSArts-SGV experience or merchandise item. Click here to learn more and to join Encore today!


Level up your school spirit with a CSArts-SGV letterman jacket! As part of an annual conservatory fundraiser, you can now order a personalized letterman jacket for your student with their conservatory name on the front, graduation year on the sleeve, and last name on the back (optional). There is a choice between black faux leather or blue fleece. Click here to order yours today as the sale ends Monday, September 11.


Students in all grade levels and conservatories: Please sign up now if you are interested in participating in the auditions for this year’s All-School Musical, Floyd Collins, taking place tomorrow, Saturday, August 26. To audition, you must review the script and music in order to be familiar with the show. Students must first participate in the Movement Call portion of the audition, which will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Studio H. Come dressed ready to learn a short movement phrase, and please wear dance shoes or clean sneakers. The Vocal Call portion will be held after the Movement Call from 12:30-6 p.m. in the Music Center Recital Hall (301). 


We are so excited to celebrate with our CSArts-SGV community on Saturday, September 9 at our second annual Fall Festival! If you have not yet submitted your RSVP, please do so here. Fall Festival 2023 will be held in the CSArts-SGV Central Quad from 5-7 p.m. and feature carnival-style games, a chalk art contest, and more! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. We can’t wait to see you all there!


Time is running out to sign up to participate in this year’s brand-new Chalk Art Contest, hosted by the Visual Arts Conservatory at CSArts-SGV’s Fall Festival on Saturday, September 9. The deadline to enter the contest is Sunday, September 1. Students from all conservatories and grade levels are encouraged to enter. Please click here for more information and to enter the contest. We are so excited to see all the amazing artwork our students create!


New families (and anyone interested): Be sure to check out our New Family Onboarding Series for the opportunity to earn raffle prizes at our upcoming Fall Festival! We have developed this series to assist our families in acclimating to CSArts-SGV and the many unique aspects of our school, from grading and safety to attendance and technology, and much more. 


Please be reminded of the dismissal times for middle school students, particularly at the Royal Oaks campus, and make sure to pick up your child promptly at the conclusion of conservatory instruction each day. We are not able to provide extended care beyond the times listed below, as our teachers have their own family commitments after their teaching hours. Additionally, we strongly discourage early dismissal for medical appointments or to participate in other after-school activities. Thanks for your continued understanding.


Acting, Creative Writing, Integrated Arts, Musical Theatre, and Visual Arts

Mondays – Wednesdays

Dismissal will be at 4:50 p.m. 


Dismissal will be at 4:25 p.m. 

(with optional Homework Club until 4:50 p.m.) 


There is no conservatory and dismissal will be at 2:57 p.m. 


Ballet & Contemporary Dance, Commercial Dance, Instrumental Music, Production & Design, and Vocal Arts

Mondays – Thursdays

Dismissal will be at 5 p.m. 


There is no conservatory and dismissal will be at 3:30 p.m. 

Please refer to the Middle School Bell Schedule as needed.


We want to inform you that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has increased local patrols to help ensure safe passage of our students to and from campus. Please be aware of the following:

  • For the safety of both drivers and pedestrians, Los Angeles Deputies have determined that drivers will no longer be allowed to make a left turn when entering or exiting the Highland Avenue Parking Lot
  • Deputies will also be citing drivers that block driveways or double park along Highland Avenue.  

We appreciate everyone’s continued efforts in helping keep our community safe.


Labor Day (Schools Closed): Monday, September 4

Picture Make-Up Day: Wednesday, September 6 

High School Academic Back-to-School Night (No Conservatory Instruction): Thursday, September 7 

Fall Festival: Saturday, September, 9

End of Progress Report Grading Period: Friday, September 22

View Complete List of 2023-2024 Important Dates


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