Academy Students and Families

Welcome Academy Students and Families

At Interlochen Arts Academy, young artists find the high school they may only have imagined possible. Here, you’ll find information to help you prepare for the Academy, understand the wide array of campus resources available to support students, and find ways to stay engaged as a family. If you need assistance, please call the Student Affairs Office at 231.276.7378 or email

Preparing for Academy

What to pack, how to prepare, and what to expect

Academy Student Support

Resources for current Academy students

Academy Family Resources

Resources for families to keep in touch

Education Community Login

Access forms, documents, class schedules

A student's perspective

Learn how four-year Interlochen Arts Academy dancer Austin Dabney made the leap from Interlochen to the Boston Ballet.

Find Support

Interested in speaking with someone directly about Interlochen Arts Academy? Contact a member of our staff below.

Sydney Lusby

Sydney Davis

Associate Director of Admission, Academy; Instructor of Clarinet, Interlochen Online

231.276.7476 231.276.7476 Send Email
Lindsey Anderson

Lindsey Anderson

Director of Admission, Recruitment and Communications

231.276.7467 231.276.7467 Send Email

A parent's perspective

Arts Academy parents discuss how Interlochen has shaped their children's lives and helped them thrive artistically, academically, and socially.

Arts Academy News & Features

Large logo for YoungArts, with tagline The National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists
The 2024 YoungArts award winners have been announced—and almost a hundred of them have been to Interlochen.

19 current and former Interlochen Arts Academy students, 68 Interlochen Arts Camp alumni, and 4 Interlochen Online participants were honored in one of the nation’s leading competitions for young artists.

The Corson Bench
‘A symbol of interconnectedness’: Student-designed bench honors life and legacy of Thomas H. Corson

Designed by Arts Academy alumnus Yutetsu Horacek, the bench beautifies the Green Lake waterfront while sparking conversation and connection.

An Interlochen Arts Academy percussion student plays a bass drum
The Interlochen Advantage: Admission tips from Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music

Assistant Director of Admissions Christina Calamaio shares how to have the best possible audition experience, what younger students can do to prepare, and how an arts boarding school can set you up for success as a college music major.

Lukas Drysdale and his mother at a gallery opening in the Dow Center for Visual Arts
Four formative years: Lukas’s story

Visual arts senior Lukas shares his top tips for prospective freshmen—from keeping in touch with your family to finding a healthy work-life balance.

Arts Academy animation students and Director of Film & New Media Michael Mittelstaedt pose outside the National Gallery of Canada
Animation around the world: Arts Academy students and faculty enjoy action-packed fall semester

From on-campus workshops to speaking engagements in China, Director of Animation Briana Yarhouse reflects on a whirlwind of artistic, educational, and professional opportunities.

Picture of senior student Nettie James-Drost with long brown hair in front of a large city at night.
Set for success: Fourth-year senior Nettie shares her journey through Theatre Design & Production

From designing a striking set for “The Women of Lockerbie” to getting accepted into the college of her dreams, this talented student artist is dreaming big.