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OUR STUDENTS

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts’ student body is very diverse. Our students come from over 35 different states within the USA. 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 College of the Performing Arts’ desire for strong peer-to-peer learning and a vibrant community where students learn to embrace their collective diversity.

OUR CAMPUS

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.

OUR COMMUNITY

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 each other, 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 on the mountains to riding the waves on 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 and lots of beaches. Also all of the great shows playing every week in Orange County and Los Angeles.

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OUR FACULTY

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.

OUR ALUMNI

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 that is 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.

OPERATIONAL STATUS

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts is currently operating as a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (www.bppe.ca.gov). We are seeking accreditation 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. Please refer to the Academic Catalog regarding non-accredited degree limitations.

ADMISSIONS

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts gives preference of admission to applicants in the formative stages of their artistic development and as such will benefit most from the programs of study offered. Before a student is considered for admission into the College Program they must first audition and be accepted into The Young Americans. Once accepted, the student must then meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Have graduated high school with minimum GPA of 2.0, or equivalent. Students, who do not meet the minimum GPA, may be admitted on a conditional status. Conditional status allows the student to enroll for their first semester of instruction with the college, but requires them to attain a 2.0 GPA for that semester in order to continue enrollment in subsequent semesters. Conditional status admission is at the sole discretion of the College.
  2. Application for admission is to be completed and submitted to the admissions office by the published deadlines.
  3. Transcripts from high school and any other college work the student may have completed are to be sent to the admissions office with the application after graduation, or completion of any work in progress.
  4. A maximum of 15 units of college work will be accepted for transfer and only if they meet the course requirements set forth by the College.

AUDITION LOCATIONS

For up to date information on audition locations and procedures for The Young Americans please click here.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The intensive and practical nature of The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts’ 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.

STUDENT HEALTH

Given the physical demands of The Young Americans, prior to admission, 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.

GRADING SYSTEM

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts’ 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 academic standing. The basis of academic progress will be the issuance of a final grade that reflects the student’s level of achievement.

STUDENT RESOURCES

Private Practice Rooms – Four private practice rooms are available for student use. Signup sheets are on the door of each room to allow students to reserve time in the room. If no reservation has been made then students may use the room on a first come first serve basis. Each of these rooms is equipped with a digital or acoustic piano.

Dance Studios – Two 2,600 sq. ft. dance studios with sprung wooden floors, full-length mirrors, and ballet barres are open to student use when not in use by a scheduled class or rehearsal. Each room is equipped with a built-in sound system and an acoustic piano.

June & Margaret Piano Lab – This space has 16 student stations that feature weighted 88-key digital pianos with headphones connected to a teacher station using a lab controller. Students have access to the room when a class is not in session.

Black Box Studio – This space provides for a performance setting on campus separate from classrooms and is used for stagecraft courses as well as for recitals and jury performances. Students have access to room when a class is not in session. The room is equipped with portable staging, sound and lighting systems.

Classrooms – All classrooms are equipped with whiteboard, a digital or acoustic piano, digital projector, surround sound and an AV system to allow for CD or DVD playback. Students have access to these classrooms whenever a class is not in session.

Margaret Baldwin Computer Lab – This room, with 6 PC stations and 2 Mac stations, is designed to provide students with on-campus access to a computer, virtual library and printer.

Virtual Library – The online library supports all programs and degree levels at our institution. Professional librarians provide 7-day-aweek email reference. The online library gateway page in Populi, serves as a central access point for students to access the credible and reliable information sources managed by the librarians. The librarians have created library multi-media instructional tools, general orientation resources and program specific research guides to assist students in finding, evaluating and using the library e-resources effectively and efficiently.

STUDENT SERVICES

The Student Services department is focused on advocating for students and supporting student learning and student achievement. Services include:

New Student Orientation – Prior to commencement of instruction, freshman students complete a series of orientation sessions including student housing, campus operations, and College preparation.

Class Placement – Freshman students undergo an assessment in dance, voice, piano and music theory prior to commencement of instruction. The data is used to group students with similar abilities into sections.

Success Coaching – Once student class placement and enrollment is completed, students meet with a success coach to review schedule and devise time management and priority management plans. Students with a high school GPA of less than 3.0 are required to complete this.

Sophomore students engaging in practicum studies or online courses are required to complete success coaching prior to commencement of instruction.

Freshman Academic Advising – In the spring semester of the freshman year, all students complete academic advising to refine educational goals and program planning for the sophomore year.

Tutoring Centers – Available each semester and staffed with faculty, peer tutors and community/alumni volunteers. Tutoring centers provide support for students in specific curriculum areas or general writing and study support.

Counseling – Counseling services are available to support students with mental health concerns. Services are available via phone for students who are off campus.

Resident Advisors – Provide support and guidance in student housing to support healthy lifestyles and support for conflict resolution between roommates.

Faculty Office Hours – Faculty members are required to maintain office hours each week to support students needing assistance outside of class time.

Library Resource Support – Library services link curriculum needs to student resources for learning and research support. Virtual library is available 24/7.

Campus Access – The campus is open for student use until midnight each evening. Students have full access to labs, classrooms, private practice rooms, resource room, and rehearsal studios.

Administrative Services – Support for students including registration, student records, and student accounts are handled through the administration office. Offices are located on campus and available to students during business hours. Phone and email access is also available for students in off campus settings.

The Populi cloud-based administrative platform also provides students with continuous access to their student records.

Admissions Advising – All new students are required to complete admissions advising prior to signing the enrollment agreement. Admissions advising sessions ensure the expectations and demands of the program are clearly outlined and understood by the student.

Admission advising sessions occurring prior to students arriving on campus and can be done either in person through a scheduled meeting with Director of Admissions or through webinars hosted by the College.

Appointments can be made throughout the year for parents and families to visit us in California. Our staff is more than happy to accompany you while touring our facilities and answer any questions you may have. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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 encourage parents to attend one of our scheduled campus tours and/or our Parent Orientation.

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ENROLLMENT CLASSIFICATIONS
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 Associate of Arts in Performance Track
This option is for those students wishing to receive a tuition discount available by paying their tuition on an annual or semester basis and committing to completing the Associate of Arts Degree in Performance in a two-year time frame, pending invitation to participate in touring company in the sophomore year.
B. 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track with NCMC Credit
This option is for those students wishing to participate in the North Central Michigan College affiliation and receive a tuition discount available by paying their YA tuition on an annual or semester basis and their NCMC tuition on a semester basis; committing to completing the Associate of Arts Degree in Performance 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.
C. Music Outreach Training Certificate
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 AA from YA or the AGS through NCMC. All options allow the student to complete the Music Outreach Training Certificate as required to be eligible for participation in YA Music Outreach Tours at the end of their freshman year.
STUDENT HOUSING

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 and will come furnished with one refrigerator, one twin bed (regular) per student, dishwasher, stove, in-unit washer and dryer, Internet/WiFi 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 early August and end early May. 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.

Please note that Academic Calendar and Production Calendar dates will vary from each other and are subject to change based upon performance and touring schedules. YA rehearsals, performances and tour dates may require students to be active outside of the College academic course dates.

For current schedules and dates (and before making travel plans) please contact the administrative office.

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FALL SEMESTER | 2015
Admissions Deadlines (Freshman Only)
APR 15
Application & Fee
MAY 1
Scholarship Application
MAY 29
Student Housing Confirmation & Security Deposit
JUNE 30
Admissions Packet
JULY 20
Enrollment Packet & Official Transcripts
JULY 20
Lease Packet & Rent Payment
Freshman
AUG 1
Apartment Move-In
AUG 2
Housing and Parent Orientation
AUG 3-4
Class Placement
AUG 5
Student Orientation
AUG 10
Fall Tuition Fees Due
AUG 10
Instruction Begins
NOV 27
Freshman Showcase (New Kids Show)
Returning Students
AUG 10
Fall Tuition Fees Due
AUG TBA
Apartment Move-In
SEPT 4
Instruction Begins
SEPT - NOV
USA Music Outreach Tour
SEPT - NOV
European Music Outreach Tour
SEPT - NOV
Japan Music Outreach Tour
SEPT - NOV
Sophomore Module 2: Career Preparation
All Students
NOV 14
Last Day of Instruction
NOV 16-20
Finals Week
DEC 10-13, 17-20
The Magic of Christmas
DEC 11
Fall Grades Available
DEC 16
Spring Tuition Fees Due
DEC - JAN 22-1
Winter Holiday
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SPRING SEMESTER | 2016
All Students
JAN 2
Rehearsals Begin
JAN 4
Sophomore Instruction Begins
JAN 11
Freshman Instruction Begins
MAR 21-25
Sophomore Finals Week
MAR 25
Last Day of Instruction – Sophomores
APR 11-13
Freshman Finals Week
APR 13
Last Day of Instruction – Freshman
JAN - APR
USA Music Outreach Tour
JAN - APR
U.K. Music Outreach Tour
JAN - APR
Japan Music Outreach Tour
JAN - APR
Sophomore Module 2: Career Preparation*
APR 25
Spring Grades Available
MAY 2
Apartment Move-Out
* Pending registration numbers
TUITION
Tuition amounts are based on the Enrollment Classification chosen by the student. Tuition payment options follow below:


OPTION A-1 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track – Annual Tuition Rate
Tuition is paid in full at the beginning of each academic year – $6,900 per year for 2 years

OPTION A-2 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track – Semester Tuition Rate
Tuition is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $3,642.50 per semester for 2 years (4 semesters)

OPTION B-1 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track with NCMC Credit – Annual Tuition Rate
Tuition for YA is paid in full at the beginning of each academic year – $5,240 per year for 2 years to YA
Tuition for NCMC is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $2,905 (estimated) per semester to NCMC (4 semesters)
Total estimated annual cost – $11,050

OPTION B-2 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track with NCMC Credit – Semester Tuition Rate
Tuition for YA is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $2,815 per semester
Tuition for NCMC is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $2,905 (estimated) per semester to NCMC (4 semesters)
Total estimated semester cost – $5,720

OPTION C – Music Outreach Training Program Track – Per Unit Tuition Rate
Tuition is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $230 per course unit – during freshman year.
YA Membership Fee applies during subsequent years.

ADDITIONAL FEES
APPLICATION FEE: $40 per prospective student
ADMISSIONS PROCESSING FEE: $100 per student
ENROLLMENT FEE: $350/semester – applied to all students (already included in price for Options A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2)
STUDENT SERVICES FEE: $25/semester – applied to all students (already included in price for Options A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2)
TECHNOLOGY FEE: $20/semester – applied to all students (already included in price for Options A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2)
YA MEMBERSHIP FEE:
(Does not apply to students in Options A-1,
A-2, B-1, B-2)
1st Year: Not applied, see Option C
2nd Year: $3,750 for active YAs not enrolled as full-time students with YA College
3rd Year+: $150 for active YAs not enrolled as full-time students with YA College


What makes YACPA different?
  1. Smaller student body means personalized attention without a large admissions staff.
  2. Each academic year we run two semesters, each lasting 10 weeks, allowing students extended time each year for performance and touring opportunities. This also allows our faculty to continue to be working professionals in their craft.
  3. Focus in student independence. We facilitate student access, but do not provide on-site dining or health services. This offers students increased independence and flexibility in their personal life choices.
HOUSING FEES (only for students interested in housing)
BACKGROUND CHECK: $45 per student
SECURITY DEPOSIT: $750 per student
MONTHLY RENT: $525 per student per month (9 months)
$4,500 if paid in full at the beginning of the lease term
UTILITIES (Gas, Water, Trash & Electricity): Billed monthly based on apartment usage. Estimated $90 per student per month

FINANCIAL AID
The Young Americans Board of Directors has approved a number of partial tuition scholarships (average scholarship approx. $700 per semester). Scholarships are available and awarded based upon a criteria mix including audition presentation, program of study, financial need, growth potential, and personal letters of recommendation.

Application instructions will be shared directly with applying students. Applications are due May 1st each year. Awards are typically announced in late May.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to students participating in the NCMC affiliation. This includes Federal Pell Grants, Student Loans and Parent Loans. Application instructions will be shared directly with applying students.

Housing fees must be paid on time regardless of scholarship and financial aid disbursement dates.

All tuition and fees are subject to change.
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