The Academy of the Arts is designed for students to find and develop their voices as artists. Offering pathways in fine and performing arts including dance, instrumental music, theatre, vocal music and visual arts, the passion to create is the common thread that ties our academy together.
It is the mission of the Arts Academy at Jesse C. Carson High School to educate and prepare students for the twenty-first century through stringent academic requirements, a concentration of fine or performing arts as a discipline, and service learning through the arts in preparation for post-secondary education.
To provide students throughout Rowan County numerous avenues to pursue their passion in the arts
To find a connection for students who are artistically driven
To grow student performance by creating a more well rounded individual
Focused exposure to arts disciplines
Preparation for college arts programs
Construction of a portfolio to use for college entrance interviews
Designation of Fine Arts Scholar at graduation ceremony
How can I apply?
Current Rowan-Salisbury School students may apply as an incoming freshman to Jesse Carson High School Arts Academy. Students new to the district may apply upon registration.
For more information about applying to the Arts Academy, students may meet with a guidance counselor to determine if the academy aligns with individual goals for high school and beyond.
Jesse C. Carson High School 290 Kress Venture Drive China Grove, N.C. 28023 (704) 855-7297
All RSS Academies
High School Academies offer specialized curricula and courses and are aligned to specific career pathways.
Rising ninth grade students who are unable to obtain academies or concentrations in their regularly assigned school, may apply to another school within RSS in order to enroll in a program of study or academy not offered at their school. Transfers into high school academies for rising ninth graders will be granted on a space available basis, with students in the academy host school given first opportunity for enrollment in the academy. The transfer window for high school academies will open on January 17, 2023 and close on February 14, 2023.
General information about academies is below, for more detailed Academy Information and requirements, please contact a guidance counselor at the respective high school.