Coronado School of the Arts

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Basic Information

Address: Coronado High School, 650 D Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
County: San Diego
School District: Coronado Unified School District
Phone Number: 619.522.4050
Fax Number: 619.437.1639
President: Kate McKnight, CoSA Director, CHS Asst. Principal
Principal: Karl Mueller, CHS Principal

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Additional Information

Accreditation: WASC
Organization Affilationss: Affiliated with Coronado High School
School Type: High School conservatory-type program
School Mascot: Islander
Founded: 1995
Ages/Grades: grade 9 - 12
School Setting:

High School campus

School Schedule (Hours in Day): approx. 2:30 - 4:30 Monday through Friday
School Days in Calendar Year: 165
School Holidays: Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (one week), Winter (2 weeks), Presidents Day (4 day weekend), Spring break (one week), Memorial Day

Coronado Island

School Size: CHS - approx. 1100 students, CoSA approx. 200 freshman-senior
Classroom Size: range from 10 - 20
Student/Teacher Ratio: range from 10:1 to 20:1
  1. Classical & Contemporary Dance
  2. Digital Media & Filmmaking
  3. Instrumental Music
  4. Musical Theatre & Drama
  5. Technical Theatre
  6. Visual Arts
  1. Classical & Contemporary Dance: Ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, hip hop, choreography
  2. DIgital Media & Filmmaking: Animation, video, graphic arts, photography, web design, broadcasting
  3. Instrumental Music: CLassical, jazz, wind, percussion, piano, music history, music theory, music technology, music business
  4. Musical Theatre & Drama: Acting, vocal music, dance, theatre history, directing, backstage theatre courses, business
  5. Technical Theatre: Set building, lighting, design, costuming, make-up, stage management, house management.
  6. Visual Arts: Art fundamentals, portfolio creation, art business, life drawing


Camp Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

CoSA's Career Technial Education is a school-to-career program highlighting the Arts, Media and Entertainment industry. Our main stage theatre has state-of-the-art technology. We have a TV studio, editing labs, broadcast studio, two computer labs fully equipped with the latest iMacs and high speed rendering capabilities, an electronic music studio and recording infrastructure.

School Championships:

CoSA was honored as one of five National Outstanding Arts Schools in 2010, and was horonored with an Exemplary Career Technical Education Awared in 2011. It was a California State Golden Bell in the Visual and Performing Arts award winner in 2009.


Auditions for the 2012-13 school year are February 25th, 2012.  Auditions after that date are scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

Admissions Deadline: For the 2012-13 school year, February 3rd for Early Acceptance.
Mission Statement:

Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is a public arts conservatory for students in grades 9 - 12 that embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence.  This pre-professional arts program reaches out to talented students from all San Diego County, offering a nuturing environment focused on individual growth, opportunity and diversity.