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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2010) This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve this article by introducing more precise citations where appropriate. (April 2009) Chicago Academy for the Arts Established 1981 Grades 9–12 Location Chicago, Illinois, USA Coordinates 41°53′47″N 87°39′12″W / 41.8965°N 87.6532°W / 41.8965; -87.6532Coordinates: 41°53′47″N 87°39′12″W / 41.8965°N 87.6532°W / 41.8965; -87.6532 Colors Black and White           Website The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a private performing and creative arts high school located the city of Chicago. It is the only such high school in the state of Illinois. It has often been called the "Fame" school and compared with New York City's High School of Performing Arts. Founded in 1981, it is one of only five high schools in the United States that provides a dedicated arts curriculum alongside conventional academic education. The school is located in the historic school building constructed for St. John Cantius parish. In 2006 the school celebrated its 25th anniversary and was named a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a private institution, it has a strict audition and portfolio admissions policy whereby only prospective students demonstrating an aptitude, potential and dedication to their art are admitted. The atmosphere at the school has been described as encouraging, nurturing and occasionally bohemian. It was once one of the only high schools to feature a course on existentialism and have workshops taught by guest tutors like Roger Ebert. A majority of graduates continue to higher education and/or professional arts careers. Distinguished alumni Alumni include producer Adam Rifkin; actress Robin Tunney; actress Lara Flynn Boyle of The Practice and Twin Peaks; dancers Purdie Baumann of the Radio City Music Hall, Randy Herrera of the Houston Ballet, and Tom Gold and Craig Hall of the New York City Ballet; artist Michael Ferris; Christopher Denson President of 5090 Music Group LLC and creator of Jabluehop Music along with Dwayne Richardson also an Alumni Sky News journalist Leah Borromeo; Will Ortega of EWR Management; Genevieve Schatz of Company of Thieves; artist Ian McLaughlin; and composer Alex Wurman. Arts aspect of school The school has six arts departments: Dance, Media Arts (Film & Writing), Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Academic classes begin at 8:30 and continue until 1:30, after which time students proceed to their dedicated arts study until 4:30. Rehearsals, if necessary, conclude at 6:00. External links Chicago Academy for the Arts website This Illinois school-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e