Encore High School for the Arts – Hesperia is the first high school that was opened by Encore Education Corporation in 2008. This campus is situated off of Lemon and C Avenue, central to the high desert. It houses one of the largest cirque acrobatics student programs in the country, one of the largest men’s dance student programs in the state, and is proud to be known world wide for productions created.
The Hesperia campus includes over 100,000 square feet of classrooms and art studio spaces. Housing the student body of 1,200, Hesperia appropriately prepares students for college and university as well as the professional opportunities that happen after high school.
The first graduating class of Encore was in 2009 when 17 students ventured into the world. Today, that class’ valedictorian holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and works in the finance world. She also plays guitar in a rock band and continues to hone in on her passion for music. Encore’s first ASB president has taught music to thousands of students in fifteen countries worldwide including Capetown, South Africa. Alumni are attending universities worldwide. Eighty percent of Encore’s graduates move to a postsecondary college or university directly out of high school with forty percent of them receiving some kind of scholarship to attend these institutions.
Since the first class of 2009, Encore – Hesperia has had over three million dollars in scholarships awarded to their graduates with graduates living and working literally worldwide. From being a Laker girl, a recording artist, a stuntman for major motion pictures, Pre Med, law student, and everything in between – students that complete Encore’s six-year program is reaching for the stars…. and surpassing them.
Enrollment for the following school year begins in October. It is recommended that sixth-grade students wishing to attend in the high desert attend an interest meeting in October to make sure that they have a spot. Encore enrolls about 250 seventh grade students in Hesperia each year
The campus was built in 2004, originally as a boys’ detention center. The original six buildings were what Encore started with, remodeling the inside dorm space to create classrooms. The campus has a full kitchen and a multi purpose room that is being remodeled in the 17/18 school year to house the new culinary arts program and the return of dinner theater.
The Big Top was added to house the largest high school circus arts program west of the Rocky Mountains and includes eight rigging points and a full size sprung floor for tumbling and gymnastics.
The seventh grade wing houses eight relocatable classrooms and a bathroom set up right next to the main office to make sure that the transition from elementary school to middle school is a smooth one.
In the “E Quad” the Hesperia instrumental music rooms are located housing both a full strings program and an orchestra program. Guitar, piano, and vocal music have four other classrooms as real estate for the music program.
Juniors an seniors get to experience life in a larger classroom setting by taking their Humanities courses in the lecture hall. This space appropriately prepares our future college students for classes in undergraduate classrooms. While the class size average on the Hesperia campus is 21 to 1, the lecture hall can have up to 70 students in one setting to help them prepare for the college classes that can sometimes have more than 300 in a class.
The campus was recently purchased by Encore High School using private bonds to secure funding. This purchase included extensive remodel and upgrades to the campus including the school color paint job, new air conditioning units, shade structures, expansive concrete throughout, and theater upgrades. Encore High School believes in always moving forward and always working on improvements to make our campus a better place.