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School of Performing Arts



The arts have always served as the distinctive vehicle for discovering who we are. Providing ways of thinking as disciplined as science or math and as disparate as philosophy or literature, the arts are used by and have shaped every culture and individual on earth. They continue to infuse our lives on nearly all levels—generating a significant part of the creative and intellectual capital that drives our economy. The arts inform our lives with meaning every time we experience the joy of a well-remembered song, experience the flash of inspiration that comes with immersing ourselves in an artist’s sculpture, enjoying a sublime dance, learning from an exciting animation, or being moved by a captivating play.  

The fact that the arts provide important touchstones confirms their value to the development of every human being. We are fulfilling the college and career readiness needs of our students, laying the foundations for success and, ultimately, the success of our nation. (Taken from the NCCAS)



Entrance Criteria
As in all schools at Renaissance High School for the Arts, students need a driving passion within the school they choose. Regular attendance and scholarly behavior will increase each school's experience by the individual. RHSA is not a spectator school and demands students engage within the community to make a greater whole!  At Renaissance, students learn and DO!

Sample Schedule

Grade 9

  • Performing Arts 1-2
  • English 1-2 Accelerated
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry
  • Biology: The Living Earth
  • Spanish or support class
  • Fitness/Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective

Grade 10

  • Performing Arts Elective (3-4 / Intermediate)
  • English 3-4 Accelerated
  • Geometry or Algebra 2
  • Modern World History
  • World Language
  • Fitness/Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective


Grade 11

  • Performing Arts Elective (5-6 / Adv)
  • English 5-6 or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 / I.D.S. / Pre Cal
  • U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  • Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course


Grade 12

  • Performing Arts Studio
  • Diverse Voices or AP English Literature
  • I.D.S. or Pre Cal
  • U.S. Gov't/AP U.S. Gov't and Economics
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course



 “The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.”

Oscar Wilde

Work-Based Learning

  • You will find our students venturing out to the realms of dance, theater, instrumental and vocal music.

Industry Partners

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For More Information

Contact Ms. Dowell at or (562) 901-0168

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Long Beach Unified School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, national origin, religion, race or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

For questions or complaints, contact Equity Compliance Officer: Steve Rockenbach, Director of Employee Relations,1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8220, and Title IX Coordinator: Kimberly Dalton, Director of Human Resource Services, 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8108, and 504 Coordinator: Jenny R. Acosta, Program Administrator, 2221 Argonne Ave, LB 90815, 562-986-6870,