ARTS high for artistic types, REEL school for filmmaker types; new to Hurricane

HURRICANE — Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will open Sept. 3 for the Utah High School for the Arts, familiarly known as ARTS High, and for the REEL school, both offering unique alternative schooling that will be offered at a combination of new locations in Hurricane.

Utah High School for the Arts

ARTS High is a private, full-time high school that focuses on the desires and talents at the individual level; the program is based on freedom, creativity and flexibility. Students, under the mantle of staff and mentors, build a curriculum around themselves that will help each individual obtain their educational goals and objectives.

“The curriculum is there for the kids, not vice versa,” Artistic Director Pam Arts said. “We ask students individually how they would like to spend the school year.”

Classes and workshops include all aspects of arts from visual to dance, film, acting and music. Academics include English, mathematics, languages, sciences, anthropology and history.

“This is very different kind of school,” Arts said. “We attract the very right-brained kid who is exceptionally talented but often times sitting at a desk doesn’t work well for them.”

Students must produce quality projects, as well as be involved in community service, and will go before a board of professionals and educators in order to graduate.

The ARTS school’s graduates go on to first-rate colleges and universities, Arts said, enroll in specialized arts programs, accept jobs in various artistic fields and start their own businesses.

Many graduates become filmmakers and musicians, as well as computer specialists and history professors. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in areas such as theater, vocal and music groups, film festivals and art shows. Participating students will attend many events, such as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held yearly at the University of Idaho.

Enrollment is open to ages 12 and up; younger students will be decided on, on an individual basis.

REEL School

REEL School is a total immersion film school for students who are serious about filmmaking. Student ages are young adult and up, although REEL School will accept 16-year-olds who have the maturity to handle the program. It is possible for high school students in the REEL School program to receive their high school diploma and their Bachelor of Arts at the same time.

“We won an award for a music video students made at the 2014 Music and Film Festival held in Park City,” Arts said.

Students in the program will work on individual projects and have opportunities to work with film professionals. Internships are also offered.

REEL School operates under the umbrella of Emerson-Smith College. Emerson-Smith College is recognized by the state of Utah as an exempt proprietary school.


Full-time programs will be held at Gateway Christian Fellowship,545 W. State Street, in Hurricane. ARTS High and REEL School will also be involved in projects based out of the schools’ own space at the Hurricane Community Center, at 63 S. 100 W., in Hurricane.

Some school activities such as Film Festivals and special shows will be held at Coral Cliffs Cinema 8.

Resources| Registration

What: Utah School of Arts, and REEL School

Pre-registration interviews required: Students, with their parents, must be interviewed before they are accepted into the school to determine if this is the right program for them.

Where: Interviews will be held at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 W. in Hurricane. School and programs will be held at various locations indicated in the report above.

Contact: Pam Arts | Email [email protected] | Telephone 801-930-0271

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