MISSION – The mission of Encore High Schools for the Arts is to provide a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers secondary students with innovative preparation for a university education and pursuit of the arts.
In 2007, a small team of arts and academic enthusiasts started on a mission to create a place where California students with a passion for arts pursuing a pre college education would be able to pursue interests in a variety of arts programs while obtaining a high quality academic education. The mission of this school was to create a free public program that would provide a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers secondary students innovative preparation for a university education and pursuit of the arts.
In 2008, with a very small amount of startup capital from federal grants, Encore Jr./Sr. High School for the Performing & Visual Arts opened in Hesperia, California (“Encore – High Desert”) with 580 students under the direction of the nonprofit corporation, Encore Education Corporation. Encore High School for the Arts – Hesperia is accredited through WASC (Western Association for School and Colleges) and has helped students earn college admittance and scholarships in the total amount of just under two million dollars during the first seven years of operation.
In 2015, Encore Education Corporation (A California non profit corporation) expands into two additional high school sites. The first is Encore High School for the Arts – Riverside that is located in downtown Riverside near the Mission Inn. This high school will open for the first time on August 27, 2015. About 500 students will be accepted to the Riverside location in it’s inaugural year.
The second high school expansion site is located in Pittsburg California and is part of a complete redesign of a school that was struggling. SEP High School in Pittsburg hosts an abbreviated arts program that includes dance, theater, visual arts, and vocal music. With just over 200 students, SEP High School opened under the administration of Encore Education Corporation on August 13, 2015.
In the fall of 2016, Encore Education Corporation plans to expand into post secondary education with a “show business” university program under the name of Western Arts University. This program, with the main campus located on 3666 University Avenue in Riverside, will host degree programs in performing arts and in business with an emphasis within the hospitality business realm. The purpose of all institutions is to help cultivate the artistic passion of young people to help them become viable employees after the completion of school.