Naperville, IL

(630) 243-5100

Same Programming, New Name! Academy of the Arts is now Illinois Conservatory for the Arts

what's happening

impact • june 10–14

impact • August 5–9


K-12 Pilot Program Launching Fall 2025

A limited number of spots. Selected applicants will audition for Academy of the Arts with placement for those accepted in Spring 2025.

Our Curriculum

Artistic Areas


Media Arts



Visual Arts

Academic Areas


Language Arts



Social Studies

How Are We Different?

We are the only school in the Western Suburbs that provides:

  • Equally strong arts and academics
  • Teachers that are at the top of their field as professional artists
    and highly-qualified educators
  • Specialized curriculum that prepares young artists for college
    and beyond
  • A strong, inclusive community of young artists

Our Approach


Adjunct instructors from the collegiate and professional artistic industries provide our students with a direct link to the current state of the arts world.


All students take business courses to prepare them to be artistic entrepreneurs.


Students conduct capstone projects in their major art area of concentration. A culminating project where students will be encouraged to think critically and creatively. Artists develop skills in research, communication, media literacy, self-sufficiency, and professionalism.


Emphasizes both lyrical and percussive styles with an emphasis on turns and leaps. Develop skills and techniques needed for dancing in Broadway musicals.


Students have access to professional experiences to prepare them for the real artistic world.


Guest teaching artists are essential to our curriculum. All arts areas feature a rotation of professional teaching artists throughout the year to provide a wide, scope of skills and perspectives.


As a pre-professional arts program, students have access to modern technology that prepares them for arts experiences in the real world.


As students grow in the program, they take specialized courses to prepare them in their areas of interest beyond general arts classes. For example, a music student will take courses in conducting, arranging, and private lessons on their instruments as part of their school day.


With professional partnerships at the core of our philosophy, students are given the opportunity to partner with professional artists and arts organizations to further their education through internships.

The Application Process

  1. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee of $95.
  2. Our enrollment team will review your application and reach out with further information about the audition process.
  3. Auditions will take place in January.
  4. Accepted applicants will be notified after auditions are completed.
  5. Registration will take place in March.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for the day school at Academy of the Arts?

    Complete the application here. The application includes questions about the student and family as well as their previous experience and desired arts pathway. There is a non-refundable fee of $95 for all applications. Fee waivers are available on an as-needed basis.

  • Am I required to live in Naperville to attend Academy of the Arts?

    No, students are not required to live in Naperville. Our goal is to support students from a wide radius around Naperville.

  • Is tuition assistance available?

    Yes. Academy of the Arts is committed to providing a significant amount of financial support to students in need. This assistance is determined as part of the application process and is based on funds available.

  • What grades are available at Academy of the Arts?

    Students can attend Academy of the Arts for kindergarten through 12th grade.

  • How can I be certain that I will receive high-level academics in comparison to other school options?

    Our curriculum team has been researching best practices for academic and artistic training at Academy of the Arts for several years. Several veteran educators and school administrators have worked together to develop academic curriculum models that align with Illinois Common Core State Standards with a focus on student-driven learning and the application of knowledge to real world situations to develop a deep conceptual understanding. Our team also has arts integration specialists that understand the unique learning styles of young artists. Students will be assessed throughout their academic journey to ensure that they are on track for college and career readiness.

session 1 • june 10–14, 2024

session 2 • August 5–9, 2024

Check availability

IMPACT is popular and fills up fast! You'll be forwarded to the registration form to grab your spot.


Evening & Weekend Classes
Individual Courses & Conservatory Tracks

Fill out the form below to get on the interest list for The Studio: Fall 2024. We will update you with schedules and registration information mid-summer.


The Pilot Program for ICA’s K-12 day school is launching Fall 2025.

Fill out the form below to get on the official interest list and access the survey form. Applications will open in Early Spring 2025.