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The CPS Department of Arts Education & Wells Community Academy High School partner to present RE:ALIZE, the premier early college arts program in Chicago.

Drawing Juniors and Seniors without robust arts access at their home schools to City Colleges and the Wells campus, RE:ALIZE provides a two-year sequence of standards-based, culturally-relevant, rigorous coursework and offers pathways in Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts.

In addition to completing 12 college credits in their artistic discipline through Dual Enrollment courses, RE:ALIZE students will each join an interdisciplinary studio, facilitated by an Artist-In-Residence, and complete work-based learning opportunities within their field. Each student graduates as an artistically-minded and analytical lifelong learner, whose RE:ALIZE experience culminates in a presentation of a Senior Portfolio that is a result of a sustained artistic investigation and speaks to their arts-rich post-secondary plan.

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Student Application

Applications for SY 2022-2023 are now closed.

 What’s required to be a RE:ALIZE student?

  • No previous experience required
  • Rising junior
  • 90% Attendance rate
  • 2.5 GPA
  • 2 Year commitment 
  • 12-15 hours per week 
  • School & parent/guardian consent
  • Dedication to becoming an ARTIST