The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts’ student body is very diverse. Our students come from over 35 different states within the USA as well as international students joining us from England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Russia and New Zealand. Each student brings to the program a unique life story and skill set which when combined gives all students access to a wealth of knowledge and experience that supports The Young Americans’ desire for strong peer-to-peer learning and a vibrant community where students learn to embrace their collective diversity.
The Young Americans main campus is located in Corona, CA. The current location houses administrative offices, large rehearsal halls, multiple classrooms, computer & keyboard lab, student lounge, music library, private practice rooms, and set and wardrobe storage. Located close to local restaurants and stores and next door to the apartment complex utilized for student housing, this arrangement allows the organization be self-contained and provides a safe and convenient learning environment. Development plans are in the works for a large, permanent campus. To attend an upcoming Campus Tour, click here. Campus Tours may also be scheduled by calling our administrative offices at (951) 493-6753.
The city of Corona is located east of Orange County. A small city in a large metropolis, with many smaller towns and cities blending into one another, Corona offers a small town feeling with easy access to the big city. Conveniently located from the ocean and surrounded by mountains, within 1 ½ hours you can go from skiing in the mountains to riding the waves at the beach. There is a lot to see and do, including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Palm Springs, San Diego, Malibu, the ocean, lots of beaches, and all of the great shows playing every week in Orange County and Los Angeles.
The faculty body is comprised of highly recognized scholars, as well as gifted and talented artists who are dedicated to enriching the lives of young people and connecting the learning process to creative activity. Each faculty member possesses specialized knowledge and personal experience in the fields of entertainment and/or education that is vital to providing a real perspective into those careers.
The Young Americans has an alumni body of over 3,000 members residing all over the
U.S. and world. Many alumni have gone on to be highly successful in both the entertainment and education industries. The family-like atmosphere nurtured within our organization has allowed us to develop a unique setting in which our alumni members visit on a regular basis to meet with current students and offer workshops and lectures that are based on the alumni’s personal experiences.
The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts is currently operating as a non-accredited institution. We are currently in the process of obtaining permission to operate as an accredited institution through an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Per agency rules we are not able to project expected time of completion.
In order to enroll in The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts, a student must first audition for The Young Americans. Once accepted into The Young Americans, the student must be able to demonstrate evidence of having completed high school with a GPA of 2.0 or equivalent. International students must also be able to demonstrate English proficiency.
For up to date information on audition locations and procedures for The Young Americans please click here.
The intensive and practical nature of The Young Americans course of study requires student attendance and participation in every class session. Attendance is recorded and excessive absences may result in grade reductions, academic probation or dismissal from the program. Excused absences due to emergencies are permitted.
Given the physical demands of The Young Americans, all students are required to submit a report from a licensed physician attesting to their physical ability to withstand prolonged and rigorous physical activity. All students must also provide proof of health insurance as a condition of enrollment.
The Young Americans’ grading policy reflects an emphasis upon understanding and application of concepts rather than memorization. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to remain in good standing.
Rehearsal Space – all classrooms, studios and labs are open to students to use during business hours.
Computer & Keyboard Lab – an on-site computer and
keyboard lab is open to students for research,
communication, and independent practice.
Library – Students have access to local public libraries
in addition to online research resources offered on-site.
The Young Americans also maintain an extensive library
of sheet music, scripts, scores, and performance DVD’s
that are accessible to the students.
Private Practice Rooms – 4 rooms, each with a keyboard,
are available to students to use during business hours.
Guidance & Support – The Student Services Director is available to provide guidance and support on-site to support the student’s individual needs including dealing with learning disabilities, tutoring assistance, counseling, support, conflict resolution, and other issues that may arise with the pressures of the program and career preparation.
Resident Advisors – Live on-site in student housing and are available anytime to assist with adjusting to apartment living and to provide freshman students with support during their transition to The Young Americans.
Health Services – The Young Americans do not have on-site health services nor do we recommend a specific medical or health care provider . However, the student can obtain a list of providers in the local area from the Student Services office.
PARENTS & FAMILIES
We are here to assist you with the transition of your student from year to year by serving as a resource as you navigate the many offices, services, and resources of the college. We understand your desire to be there to assist and provide for your student, and understand how crucial a role you play in the life of your student. Our goal is to assist you in helping your student navigate the resources available that will help them develop as a young adult and make the daily decisions that are a part of their new life.
We see the parent’s role to now be one of support (not just financially) – not doing for them – but helping them to do for themselves. And when they can’t, to know where to ask for help. As a parent, you can support your student by being involved and supportive, and empowering your student to make new friends, stay on top of coursework, utilize college resources, and encouraging your student to reach out for assistance when needed.
In order to create an intensive and creative learning environment that is both of high quality and adaptable to student needs a student can enroll in The Young Americans College program in any of the following manners:
A. 2-yr Performance Certificate Track – Annual Tuition Rate
This option is for those students wishing to receive a 10% tuition discount available by paying their tuition on an annual basis and committing to completing the Performance Certificate in a two-year time frame, pending invitation to participate in touring company in the sophomore year.
B. 2-yr Performance Certificate Track – Semester Tuition Rate
This option is for those students wishing to receive a 5% tuition discount by paying their tuition on a semester basis and committing to completing the Performance Certificate in a two-year time frame, pending invitation to participate in a touring company in the sophomore year.
C. Music Outreach Training Program Track – Per Unit Tuition Rate
This option is for new members of The Young Americans who wish to be eligible for participation in Music Outreach Tours, but do NOT wish to earn the Performance Certificate or the AGS through NCMC. Please note participation in all other options allows the student to be eligible for Music Outreach Tours at the end of their freshman year.
D. 2-yr Performance Certificate Track with NCMC Credit – Annual Tuition Rate
This option is for those students wishing to participate in the NCMC affiliation and receive a 10% tuition discount available by paying their YA tuition on an annual basis and their NCMC tuition on a semester basis; committing to completing the Performance Certificate in a two-year time frame, pending invitation to participate in touring company in the sophomore year and working towards earning the Associate Degree in General Studies from NCMC.
E. 2-yr Performance Certificate Track with NCMC Credit – Semester Tuition Rate
This option is for those students wishing to participate in the NCMC affiliation and receive a 5% tuition discount by paying their YA and NCMC tuitions on a semester basis and committing to completing the Performance Certificate in a two-year time frame, pending invitation to participate in a touring company in the sophomore year and working towards earning the Associate Degree in General Studies from NCMC.
All options allow the student to complete the Music Outreach Training program as required to be eligible for participation in YA Music Outreach Tours at the end of their freshman year.
The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts has made special arrangements with an apartment complex located directly adjacent to our rehearsal facility. These apartment facilities are gated and provide a clean, comfortable living environment. Each apartment will have two bedrooms with closets, one or two full bathrooms (depending upon unit availability) and will come furnished with one refrigerator, one twin bed per student, dishwasher, stove, in-unit washer and dryer, internet connection, and access to a pool, hot tub and fitness center.
The initial rental contract with The Young Americans will be for the freshman year. The lease term will commence mid/late August and end May 31. Students are required to have a cosigner regardless of age.
If the student needs to break this lease for any reason, they will be responsible for finding another eligible Young American to take their place, who will then sign a separate replacement lease with The Young Americans.