- Academy students participate in approximately 300 artistic presentations each school year, both on campus and through tours and outreach programs.
- During the 2016-2017 Academy year, four students were named as finalists in the YoungArts awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA).
- Comparative arts majors find success in a wide variety of artistic and academic paths. In 2015 the Heart & Art project was selected as the National Winner of the College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts and was a Michigan Arts Council grant recipient.
- Creative writing majors are routinely recognized on the national level. Twenty writers have been selected as Presidential Scholars in the Arts, more than any other school in the nation. 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 and several graduates have held professional engagements with classical ballet and modern dance companies including Miami City Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lines Contemporary Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Additionally, dance majors have been featured as dancers and choreographers for Broadway musicals.
- In 2016-17 one musician was selected as a YoungArts finalist. Recent Academy music majors have received honors from 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 the radio program, From the Top.
- The theatre arts program has had more than 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 University, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alumni can be seen working on Broadway, regional theatre, film and television.
- In the last six years, nine visual arts students have been nationally recognized as YoungArts Finalists; nine visual art students received nationally ranked Silver and Gold Portfolios in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards with an additional 48 nationally ranked Silver and Gold individual medals. In 2015, a visual arts student was named the nation’s first Presidential Scholar in Design.
- The motion picture arts program was established in 2005; our graduates have enrolled in top media and film schools including NYU, USC, CalArts, Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Northwestern. Students have received honors including the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, National Gold Key Awards in the Scholastics competition and Finalists in the YoungArts competition. Original works by MPA majors are screened internationally, and have included the first high school student to be awarded the Cannes Pavilion internship at the Film Festival.
Since 1980, 45 Interlochen graduates have been chosen as Presidential Scholars in the Arts/Academics; more than any other high school in the United States.
National Merit Students