1216 East Apache Boulevard

Tempe, Arizona 85281



a visual and performing arts middle school and high school serving grades 6 through 12


In 1995, New School for the Arts & Academics (NSAA) founder Ron Caya had a vision: to open a high school that would give students an advantage in the arts with goals of its graduates entering the professional fields of art and education. NSAA graduates continue post-secondary education at a variety of colleges and universities and become professionals in their fields. NSAA takes pride in our faculty as professional artists who are knowledgeable and highly-qualified teachers who inspire our students to excel. An enormous part of our successful community begins with the NSAA faculty and the staff’s commitment to student success. NSAA teachers are among the best in their field and continue to grow professionally.


After nine years of operating our high school, Founder Ron Caya opened a middle school in 2003 with a quality and comprehensive arts and academic curriculum to feed into the high school. Both schools serve families from over 20 zip codes around the valley. The NSAA organization holds two public charters: the high school and middle school.

Over 80% of our graduates attend post-secondary educational institutions; Others enter professional careers. These are a few of the many institutions they have continued at:

• University of Arizona

• Alvin Ailey Dance Company

• Arizona State University

• Art Institute of Chicago, Smith College

• Berklee College of Music

• California College of Arts

• California State Universities

• Cornish College of the Arts

• Fashion Institute of Technology

• Julliard

• Mills College

• Northern Arizona University

• San Francisco Art Institute

• SUNY…and many more!


The City of Tempe has been instrumental in contributing to our success since the high school’s relocation from Scottsdale to Tempe. Both schools have been awarded and supported by city and federal education grants, and are recognized by the Mayor of Tempe and the City Council. The Light Rail provides accessibility to families, and gives us greater access to museums and theaters valley wide. We open our gallery and theater as a local venue for universities and other agencies. The school’s participation in valley outreach activities raises money and acquires recognition for our talented artists.


NSAA’s teaching philosophy values active, experiential hands-on learning, and the integration of arts with academics. We are a public charter school, and as such NSAA is accountable for demonstrating progress from year to year in student achievement, measured in part through state required student assessments. NSAA meets graduation requirements for high school seniors, and complies with all legislation, both federal and state.




Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02, NSAA High School and Middle School hereby states that all notices of the meetings of NSAA High School and Middle School will be posted on the bulletin board in the main building of the school for announcements and on our website calendar. The location is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Such notices will indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and will include an agenda or information concerning the manner in which the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting