WHERE IT ALL BEGAN ... 1996 - 2016
Support and passion for the vision behind the Coronado School of the Arts started 20 exciting years ago from its inception in 1996 until the present. This support has given the teachers and administrators of the school the ability to consistently
work toward making CoSA the best high school conservatory in Southern California and a model Career Technical Education (CTE) program for the state and the country. Together we, with your help, have travelled
an exemplary educational path.
• CoSA was born as a Specialized Secondary Program (SSP) and received
a grant the state of California for $250,00 in 1996. The conservatory
began with 60 eager, determined students and 120 enthusiastic, hardworking
parents and guardians
• CoSA has received many awards and distinctions, including Demonstration
Site status; Exemplary Arts Award and Career Technical
Education Awards for the California Department of Education; and
national awards from the California Arts Council and National Arts
• In 2001, CUSD began planning for a remodeled high school, and CoSA
faculty and supporters made sure facilities for the arts conservatory
were included in the plans and implementation of the new campus.
In 2007, the CoSA family was thrilled with the end of construction and
the opening of the new theatre! By 2008, the media classrooms were
finished and the conservatory was complete!
• In 2009, the CUSD received a CTE Facilities Grant (1.5 million matching
grant) to develop equipment and facilities for technical theatre and
digital media, with the elevated level of industry-driven teaching and
learning with state-of-the-art technology. In the same year CoSA was
awarded a CTE Grant ($100,000) for implementing a CTE Arts, Media,
and Entertainment Demonstration Site for the State of California,
establishing the school as the leading provider of Career Technical
Education Site for the state.
• In 2012-13, CoSA was again named the CTE Demonstration Site for the
state and the CoSA supporters and faculty hosted a state wide conclave
for strengthening arts education in California called CREATE CA.
The Digital Media Department was developed with another SSP Grant
of $235,000 from 2001-2005. A new group of 30 students joined the
happy troupe of 100 students, in forming the Digital Media and Filmmaking
Gala Committee Members
Mary Taylor Munger
P.O. Box 181587, Coronado, CA 92178