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The JSerra Arts Magnet Program provides four years of pre-professional training in the Visual and Performing Arts — specifically, Choir, Dance, Drawing and Painting, Orchestra, and Theatre.

The mission of our Arts Magnet Program is to create independent thinkers and leaders who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through their artistic discipline. At its core, the program is a series of discipline-specific courses designed to develop students' skills to an advanced level in their principle art form.

While most of JSerra’s arts classes remain open to non-magnet students, Arts Magnet Program students engage in a deeper study of their subject and receive honors or Advanced Placement credit for every magnet class. As part of the curriculum, students also attend several field trips to first-class artistic destinations and events as well as showcase their work in an annual festival.

4-Year Plan

The Arts Magnet Program curriculum is designed for students who are thinking about pursuing their art in college or who want a more intensive high school arts experience.

VIEW SAMPLE artS magnet pathways

Program Costs and requirements

  • 9th grade: Honors course(s) from student's track, $1,000
  • 10th grade: Honors course(s) from student's track, $1,000
  • 11th grade: Honors course(s) from student's track, $1,000
  • 12th grade: Honors course(s) from student's track, $1,000

Incoming freshmen should take First Year Seminar in the summer so that their schedule allows room for Arts Magnet Courses during their 9th grade year.

Arts Magnet fees will be billed to your FACTS account.

"The Arts Magnet Program introduced me to great people and provided me with all the resources to be successful in my future endeavors."

~ Ashton '20


Minimum Requirements & Applying

Minimum Requirements

incoming 9th grade students

  • Audition or portfolio review
  • Enroll in required Arts Magnet Program course(s) in your track (see 4-Year Plan)
  • Satisfactory attendance and disciplinary record

returning 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students

  • Maintain B- minimum in all magnet courses
  • Enroll in required Arts Magnet Program course(s) in your track (see 4-Year Plan)
  • Satisfactory attendance and discipline record

Audition/Portfolio Review

All incoming 9th grade prospective AMP students must complete an audition (performing arts) or portfolio review (visual arts). Please download and review the audition/portfolio review criteria below.


A JSerra Arts teacher will reach out to you to schedule an audition or portfolio review. Please note that auditions are 10-15 minutes long.


We are now taking Arts Magnet Program applications for the 2024-2025 school year.

Once your application to the school and the program have been reviewed, you will be notified via email.



Magnet Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2024
Decision Date: March 1, 2024
Contract Return Deadline: March 8, 2024

Acceptance into the Arts Magnet Program is dependent upon your enrollment in JSerra. We adhere to the Early Acceptance dates, but we also accept applications on a rolling basis. (Apply to JSerra here.)


If you have questions about the Arts Magnet Program or the application process, please contact Performing Arts Chair David Amrein at damrein@jserra.org or Visual Arts Chair Monica McQueen at mmcqueen@jserra.org.


2023 College Decisions

Auburn University
Berklee College of Music
Cal State Chico
Cal State San Marcos
DePaul University 
Eastman School of Music
Emerson College
Franciscan University
High Point University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University New Orleans
New York University
Parsons School of Design — The New School
Saddleback College
Santa Clara University
University of Arizona
University of California Irvine
University of California Los Angeles
University of Illinois
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of San Diego


David Amrein
Program Director
Performing Arts Chair
949.493.9307 Ext. 7053

Monica McQueen
Program Director
Visual Arts Chair
949.493.9307 Ext. 7072

"My high school experience at JSerra would be incredibly unfulfilling without this program. I could not imagine my life without it."

~ Juliana '22