California State University, Los Angeles, has announced that its proposed County High School for the Arts will open next September. Students from throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties may enroll if their school districts choose to participate and if they pass an audition and interview.
A school spokesman said the heaviest enrollment may come from districts in the San Gabriel Valley that are close to the college in the El Sereno district of Los Angeles. The new school, modeled after the New York high school that was the basis for the television show "Fame," will open with about 120 students in grades 10 and 11. Next year an additional 100 to 200 12th graders will be admitted, and eventually the school is expected to have up to 600 students, all of them outstanding in some form of the arts.