Dual Credit program

The dual credit program allows high school students to enroll in college courses prior to graduation and receive high school and college credits simultaneously for elective courses approved by the school or core courses verified as meeting Public Education Department standards and benchmarks when these courses are aligned to meet postsecondary requirements. 

TANM offers dual credit program courses through the Dance, Music, and Visual Arts Departments. 

College Prep

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Here is a guideline for College Planning! If you have any questions you can always contact our school's Career & College Counselor.

Get Focused

High School – Get on Track

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Finding Direction

Career Assessment 


College Search

Nuts & Bolts

College Admissions Testing

Financial Aid Resources


Odds & Ends

Volunteer and Summer Programs

  • http://www.americorps.gov/  gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others.
  • http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/programs encourage deep immersion into different physical and cultural landscapes, combining experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences
  • http://www.thesca.org/ Student Conservation Association provides hands-on conservation service opportunities.

Gap Year

Social Media and College

Art Students


Tips and Resources

  • Start the college search and application process early!
  • Pay attention to additional details and requirements in the application process
  • Always include several liberal arts colleges on your “college list” even if you really want to attend a conservatory, as conservatory and art school admissions are extremely difficult to predict.
  • Fully research Bachelor of Fine Arts programs as many art schools have highly structured foundation years while others don’t. This needs to be considered in terms of your future plans and goals.
  • Strongly consider enrolling in an intensive summer program at your top choice schools in your particular area of interest to learn more about the programs, facilities, and instructors.
  • Realize you must have not only talent, but also energy, confidence, courage, & endurance to succeed in the arts.
  • Enlist the help and advice of your teachers, guidebooks, the Internet, and others students to find the best fit program for you.
  • Visit schools for information and tours before any audition or portfolio review dates so that you can just focus on the audition that day.
  • Check out the facilities used by your intended major’s department, and the advising and career counseling services at each school as well.
  • Investigate the pros and cons of pursuing a good liberal arts foundation prior to earning a graduate degree in your chosen visual or performing art.
  • Important! Make note of all additional supplemental materials required for artist/musician/theater/dance students in the application process of each school.
  • Get a realistic assessment of your level of talent from current instructors, coaches, and tutors.
  • Some art/theater/music/dance programs have a policy of eliminating students at the end of the second year of the program. Be sure to find out if the schools you are interested in have this type of policy.




International Studies

Start early on applications and ask yourself:

  • Do I enjoy travel, learning new languages, hand-on learning, making new friends, new ideas & challenges?
  • What are the total costs of the program/ travel/accommodations? What can I afford?
  • What type of health insurance will I need based on the location of the schools I’m considering?
  • What vaccinations will be required and when based on the location of the schools I’m considering?
  • What are the particular safety issues for based on the location of the schools I’m considering?
  • How will I stay in touch with family and friends? International phone services, Skype, Face Book?
  • Can I handle the culture shock of going to a foreign country and returning home?

Explore these resources: 

  • http://www.iiepassport.org/ - IIE Passport enables students to either search for a study abroad program, or go to the study abroad student center for a variety of helpful articles, a study abroad student guide, and many other resources that can help you decide what destination might be right for you.   
  • http://www.internationalstudent.com/ - International Students provides information on study centers for international students planning to Study in the USA, Study in the UK, Study in Australia and a Study Abroad center is for US Students who are looking for a semester or longer outside the USA. Also includes links to information on cheap airfare deals and cell phone SIM Cards.  
  • http://www.studyoverseas.com/ - Study Overseas provides free university and college advice for students worldwide who are considering studying abroad for an international education, and includes links to study in specific countries and specific programs including Art and Design.
  • http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for information about global destinations and required vaccinations.
  • http://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en.html  - U.S. State Department information on passports and international travel, with tips for traveling and living abroad. 
  • http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/international-student-guide/ : provides free student guides and college search information, along with expert advice from Melissa Venable, PhD, an experienced online instructor and thought leader.