Academy Profile: Achievement

- Academy students participate in approximately 250 artistic presentations each school year, both on campus and through tours and outreach programs throughout the region.

- During the 2011-2012 Academy year, seven students were named as finalists in the youngARTS awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). One was named Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

- Comparative arts majors explore cross-disciplinary interests in multiple arts and academic areas while creating their own self-directed projects. One student attended the Nobel Prize Ceremony and met with Nobel Laureates in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS).

- Creative writing majors are routinely recognized on the national level. Nineteen writers have been selected as Presidential Scholars in the Arts, more than any other school in the nation. In 2012, seven writers were recognized in the NFAA youngARTS competition; three were named finalists and one was named a Presidential Scholar. Six writers also received national recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Recent graduates have pursued writing, publishing, editing and other interests at universities and colleges including Oberlin, Emerson, Bard, Knox, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia, among others.

- Dance majors are routinely accepted to their first choice university programs. Recent graduates are dancing in professional ballet and modern dance companies including Miami City Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company as well as on Broadway.

- Recent Academy music majors have received honors from numerous associations including Morton Gould, ASCAP, Downbeat, Falcone, Fischoff, Percussive Arts Society, Lennox International Young Artists Competition and Michigan Music Teachers Association. Students make regular appearances on Public Radio International’s nationally broadcast radio program, From the Top.

- The theatre arts division has had over 27 YoungArts finalists, including two Presidential Scholars, since 2001. The program places graduates in major audition-based college and conservatory programs around the world, including The Juilliard School, Carnegie Mellon, Rutgers, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Central School.

- The visual arts department places students in art schools, colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Recent student artwork has been displayed in the White House and at the Vatican. In 2012 four students won National Key Awards in the Scholastic Publishing Art & Writing Awards.

- Since the motion picture arts program was established in 2005, MPA graduates have enrolled in top media and film schools including NYU, USC, CalArts, Johns Hopkins, Lawrence and Northwestern. Students have received honors including the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, a Gold Key Award from Scholastic, Honorable Mention in the NFAA YoungARTS program and high honors at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. One MPA major was the first and only high school student to be awarded the Cannes Pavilion internship at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Presidential Scholars
Since 1980, 43 Interlochen graduates have been chosen as Presidential Scholars in the Arts/Academics; more than any other high school in the United States. Including 5 semi-finalists and 1 finalist in the 2011-12 school year.

National Recognition
Interlochen Center for the Arts is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, our nation’s highest honor in the arts. This award was established by Congress in 1984 and is given by the President of the United States to honor individuals and organizations that have encouraged the arts and inspired others.