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.


Colby Carson, Ed.D.

Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Academy

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Sara Hartley

Sara Hartley

Assistant Director of Admission

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Sydney Lusby

Sydney Lusby

Assistant Director of Admission

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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

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“Write the book that burns inside of you”: Carmen Maria Machado on finding inspiration in writing

Machado shares about her unique writing practice and offers guidance to young authors.

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Christmas beneath the pines: Interlochen Arts Academy students celebrate the season with three festive performances

Experience spectacular, family friendly performances of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ Sounds of the Season, and Duke Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’ at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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Violinist and Interlochen alumnus Kuan Cheng Lu is the first Taiwanese classical musician to play in the New York Philharmonic

Lu wasn’t considering coming to the United States until an elementary school classmate told him about Interlochen.

Arts Academy places 4th in the global 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students

The event challenges participants to create a 30-second film based on a given theme in a designated 24-hour period.

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5.6.7. EIGHT podcast interview with Director of Dance Joseph Morrissey

Morrissey draws from his rich background in international dance to invest in his students and shares his passion for training dancers for a life of leadership and excellence.

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Themes of liberation take center stage in Interlochen's new interdisciplinary performance to be premiered in New York

The performance, featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students and members of the New York Philharmonic, will take place at David Geffen Hall in spring 2023.