In response to a growing need for an arts-based college preparatory school in Mendocino County, a new high school, Mendocino County Art Academy, will open in Ukiah with student enrollment tentatively scheduled to begin in 2017. Interested parents and students are encouraged to get on the nascent school’s mailing list to be notified when applications are available.
School founders Gary and Karen Wallaert became aware that many local parents seeking an arts-based curriculum for their children are burdened with daily commutes to schools in Sonoma County. Seeing the lack of a local option for Mendocino County’s talented youth and recognizing that many of the skills most in demand by today’s employers – creativity, design, problem solving, cross-cultural communication – are best taught through the arts, a small board of directors has been formed around the vision to create a not for profit private high school. The Mendocino County Art Academy will serve the needs of local students and their families and will prepare our local youth for a future that will almost certainly require greater creativity, design, and problem solving skills.
Mendocino County Art Academy will open in its first year with freshmen and sophomores and will add an additional freshman class each year to ultimately become a four-year high school. Core subjects of English, math, history, science, and foreign language will be integrated with the arts. Electives will include dance, instrumental music, theatre, and more. Classes will be taught with the highest standards and will fulfill the A-G requirements for college entrance.