Easy as 1-2-3
The SAE is a publicly funded charter school, and there is no cost to attend. If you are interested in applying, here is the three-step process:
Fill out an application and drop if off at the school. Applications are available either online or in the main office. A few supplementary documents required, such as transcripts from your previous school.
Next schedule a parent and student interview with Irma Balandra by calling (909) 622-0699.
If we love you, and we will, we will ask you to attend one of our auditions.
Is The School of Arts and Enterprise (The SAE) a private school?
The SAE is not a private school; rather, it is a Public Charter School.
Do you have to live in Pomona to attend The SAE?
It is not necessary to live in Pomona to attend The SAE. In fact, 25 percent of the student enrollment at The SAE resides outside of Pomona. Each year, we have a growing interest from students residing in other communities—and all are welcome to apply.
Is The SAE free, or do you charge tuition?
The school is a State Board of Education sponsored, tuition-free, donation-dependent, Public Charter School. No student is admitted or denied based on financial capacity.
Can students enroll in a UC or CSU school from The SAE?
Absolutely! Ninety-six percent of The SAE’s students go on to the college or university of their choice.
Do colleges look at The SAE only as an arts school or a regular public high school?
The SAE is a college-culture-based program that utilizes an innovative project-based learning model that integrates state standards with real-life arts and business experience. This enables students to participate in an expansive and comprehensive college preparatory program, which is recognized and well respected by colleges and universities.
What is the number of students enrolled at The SAE? I believe my child’s success would be better served by an enrollment that is smaller, rather than larger?
Enrollment at The SAE averages about 450 students in grades 9-12, which results in an intimate community that operates as a caring, respectful family of learners.
What are the GPA requirements for acceptance to the School of Arts and Enterprise?
Acceptance to The SAE is based on completion of the student’s application, rather than GPA. All students with a passionate interest in the arts are encouraged to apply.
Is The SAE accredited?
Yes. On May 5, 2009, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)granted The SAE a six-year term of accreditation, expiring on June 30, 2015.
Are the classes accredited?
Yes. The school is accredited by WASC and therefore its classes and curriculum are accredited as well.
Are The SAE’s teachers credentialed?
Yes, all of The SAE’s teachers hold a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) certificate, permit or other equivalent document. All of our core teachers are designated “highly qualified.”
What if a student is not an expert and/or has no previous training in the arts—or even a particular area of focus in the arts. Is it necessary to have played an instrument, acted, or taken lessons in dance or voice?
While many students come to The SAE because of an artistic mindset that is yet to be nurtured to its full potential, no previous experience or artistic ability is required for attending The SAE. However, because The SAE approaches learning through projects in the arts and business, the innate “artist” in each student is supported —and becomes the vehicle for the student’s academic success.
Are the classes taken at The SAE transferrable and accepted by other public high schools and/or districts?
Yes. The SAE is accredited by WASC; therefore, its classes and curriculum are transferable and accepted by other public high schools and districts.
If my child is currently in an AP/Honors class, how does that class transfer into The SAE program?
Any Honors credit will transfer in as Honors credit. The SAE will match incoming credit to courses in our course catalog as closely as possible.
Does The SAE offer AP/Honors classes?
The SAE offers Honors classes in most core academic classes at the 11th and 12th grade level. We have AP Spanish in 2012-2013 and are planning offering AP Art History, AP Studio Art, and AP Human Geography.
Can students take more-or different-arts classes, rather than just the art classes designated within their pathway choice?
Students have a wide range of arts classes to choose from, ranging from film and theater, to music and visual arts.
Please direct all admissions and/or enrollment questions to:
Toll Free - 1(866) 576-5630
Main Office - 1(909) 622-0699
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Wednesday at 3:45pm at our main campus located at
295 N. Garey Ave. Pomona Ca. 91766
or by appointment only.
Auditions and Interviews
By appointment only