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Who is eligible?

California residents enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to apply to CSSSA. Students from outside of California may also apply; a limited number are admitted each year. Participants are selected in the spring on the basis of their talent and creativity as demonstrated through assignments and teacher recommendations. CSSSA’s student body is representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the state. The admissions process is highly competitive; in 2016 fewer than half of all applicants were accepted in each department. Students who complete the four-week program are named California Arts Scholars.

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