Integrated Arts Academy is a public high school for grades 9 – 12 located 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Integrated Arts Academy was founded in 2012 based on research that links academic successes to the arts and hands-on experiences. Core subjects of math, science, English and social studies are embedded into art content, while meeting all the graduation standards required by the state of Minnesota and Eastern Carver County Schools. IAA is the first of its kind in the southwest area.
The IAA promotes the core values of Creativity, Community, GRIT, Growth and Personalization.
Students are encouraged to become involved with their communities as part of their education and multiple opportunities occur during the school year to promote this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend the Integrated Arts Academy?
Eligible students, grade 9-12, can enroll in a variety of ways:
- Students are referred by school counselors
- Students may self-refer due to an interest in the course work
- Students may meet one of the State’s criteria of being at risk of not graduating on time.
What specialty areas are included in the IAA?
The IAA offers curriculum through a variety of arts-focused areas including Culinary, Horticultural and Visual arts. Each area of interest combines rigorous coverage of traditional course content with active learning through the arts. Students can choose to take classes in all areas.
Are students still required to meet the Eastern Carver County Schools’ graduation requirements?
Yes. Students who attend the IAA must meet the same graduation requirements as students at Chaska and Chanhassen High Schools. The IAA curriculum embeds the graduation requirements and state graduation standards through arts education.
Graduating seniors receive diplomas from the student’s high school of residence.
Are all classes located at the Integrated Arts Academy?
The IAA is located at the District Education Center in Chaska. Some classes are scheduled in the community at locations that support one of the specialty areas in the program. Other classes occur at Chanhassen or Chaska High Schools and Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative in Chaska. Students have the option of participating in after school sports and activities at Chanhassen or Chaska High School.
What are the hours of the IAA?
School is held Monday through Friday, 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Some courses are offered after school and during summer months. Transportation is free to District residents.