Mission statement

The School of Art and Innovation inspires each to student to take the first step to finding their authentic selves.


Through a rigorous creative process students can find their passion and begin to understand how their skills will challenge and change the world around them. In the studio environment, students have the freedom to explore and create new and diverse ideas. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas for projects by engaging in writing, experimentation, drawing, and exploring new mediums. Students will refine their ideas through thoughtful analysis, research and discussions on culture, literature and life experience in a safe environment that fosters the creative spirit. With this new found self-awareness students can work to find their passions and place in this world.

Identity Foundation, College Prep and College Accelerated Program (CAP)

The Foundations, College Prep and CAP programs are designed to help students build an identity that will aid in the college application process. Students that complete Foundations and College Prep stand out from other applicants because of their unique identity and purpose. In completing the three programs students will have created a strong vision statement, outstanding portfolio and the skills they need to navigate college applications.

2023 Identity Foundations (9th-10th)

Overview: 4 Online Group Workshops (Sundays 1:00-6:00pm), Identity Mapping, Parent/Student Consultation

Student age: 9th, 10th (or even 11th grade)

Prerequisites: None

Dates: January 22, 2023 – Student Group Workshop #1 “Identity Foundations”

February 26, 2023  Student Group Workshop #2 “Vision & Goals”

March 12, 2023 – Student Group Workshop #3 “Extra-Curricular + Strategic Plan

January 9-20, 2023 – One-on-one Identity Mapping sessions

March 16, 2023 6:30pm – Parent/Student Group Workshop “Scholarship & College Financial Strategies”

March, TBD – Final parent/student Private Consultation

Cost: $30 non-refundable registration fee due with application

$1000 Tuition (includes supplies) Due January 8, 2023

9th grade is the optimal year to enroll in Identity Foundations. By the end of the program, students have gained a stronger sense of identity which will help guide them as they choose their 10th grade classes. 10th grade can also be an appropriate time to enroll. 11th grade is appropriate if the student plans to defer college enrollment and take a gap year after high school graduation or if the student simply wants to get direction for future options without plans to seek a four year degree.

Topics covered include

  • Identity research and Identity Mapping
  • Create a vision statement with short and long-term goals
  • Discussion to develop a community service or special project
  • Introduction to FAFSA, scholarship strategies and financial planning for college
  • Career Research based on individual strengths and motivators

Foundations Follow Up

Once the program is completed, if additional feedback or help regarding college or career choices is needed students can schedule a private consultation with Dianne. Consultation rates are $120 for the first hour and then billed in 15-minute increments thereafter. Meetings can be in person, by phone or video call. Meetings can be with the student, parent(s), or together.

2022-2023 College Prep Online Program

Overview: Three 2-day Workshops, Saturdays 12:00-5:00pm + Sundays 2:00-6:00pm

Student age: 11th or 12th grade (transitional students)

Prerequisites: Identity Mapping (if you have not had one, you must schedule one at least 3 weeks prior to first Intensive)

Dates: October 15-16, 2022 “Vision & Branding + National College Fair Prep”

November 12-13, 2022 “College Research & Networking + National College Fair Debrief”

April 21-2, 2023 “Common App & Essays”

Cost: $30 non-refundable registration fee due with application

$800 Tuition (includes supplies) Due October 1, 2022

Attendance is mandatory for all days of the intensives

10th and 11th grades are appropriate to participate in CP1. It would also be appropriate for students in their 12th grade year if they plan to take a gap year after high school graduation.

CP –  Workshop #1 – Vision & Branding + National College Fair Prep

October 15-16, 2022 (Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 2-6pm)

Topics covered

  • Development of a vision statement and learning to build an authentic profile
  • Delve into the how-to’s of college research
  • Develop a college action plan with accountability framework
  • Evaluate extra-curricular activities and community service or special projects
  • Prepare for National College Fair (Oct.30-31, 2020)
  • Research 2 colleges and prepare questions for NCF and Info Sessions

CP – Workshop #2 – College Research & Networking + National College Fair Debrief

November 12-13, 2022 (Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 2-6pm)

January 7, 2023 10-11am recap (Saturday)

Topics covered

  • Review National College Fair experience
  • Dive deeper into college research and strategies for college networking
  • Learn how to evaluate and determine potential college(s) that best fit the individual and their goals
  • Develop plans for college visits | Discuss how to research internships and how to prepare for them

CP – Workshop #3 – Common App & Essays

April 1-2, 2023 (Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 2-6pm)

Topics covered

  • Introduction to the Common Application (Common App) | Essay development for the Common App
  • Discuss Supplemental Essays & Short Answer Questions
  • Go over essay prompts and start first draft of answers. We will get started on some essays and answers during the Intensive, but students will need to complete those on their own in the following weeks and months*.

NOTE: *Also included in this Intensive is a 30 minute follow up with Dianne by phone after the student has completed their first draft of the Common App essay. Beyond that, Dianne is available for private consultation for essay editing or advice at her hourly rate of $120/hour. Email classes@artandinnovate.com for scheduling information.

Enrollment in CP1 also includes complimentary access to:

‘Scholarship & College Financial Strategies’ Workshop on Mar.17, 2022 for students and parents

2022 College Accelerated Program (CAP)

Overview: Three Workshops (One 8-day Workshop and two 1-day Workshops)

Student age: 12th grade or after HS graduation if taking a gap year (Collegebound Fall 2023)

Prerequisites: College Prep

Dates: August 16-19, 22-25, 2022  Workshop #1 – 12:00-6:00pm Tue-Fri, Mon-Thurs. (8 days)

September 25, 2022 Workshop #2 – 12:00-6:00pm Sunday “National College Fair Prep”

October 23, 2022 Workshop #3 – 12:00-6:00pm Sunday “National College Fair Debrief + College Networking and Strategizing”

Cost: $30 non-refundable registration fee due with application

$2500 Tuition (includes supplies) due August 2, 2022

Attendance is mandatory for all days of the intensives

For most, 12th grade is the year to participate in the CP-2 program. It is also appropriate for those who just completed their 12th grade year and plan to take a gap year.

CAP Workshop #1 (8 days)

August 16-19, 2022 (Tues-Fri 2-6pm), August 22-25, 2022 (Mon-Thurs 2-6pm)

Topics Covered

  • Fine-tune Vision Statement | Fine-tune resume development and personal branding; Set up LinkedIn account
  • Finish entire Common Application | Complete Common App Essay; Begin work on Supplemental Essay for top college
  • Discuss in depth the strategies for good essay writing | Analyze and understand how to work with college essay prompts
  • Delve into college research | Practice interviewing for National College Fair
  • Create/fine tune strategic plan for the year with a system of tracking college research, including deadlines and checklists
  • Discuss misc. college details like applying for transcripts, requesting test scores and letters of recommendation*, etc.

CAP Workshop #2 – National College Fair Prep (1 day) September 25, 2022 (Sunday 12-6pm)

Topics Covered

  • Prep for National College Fair (NCF)
  • Prep for Special Info Sessions in the area from colleges of interest
  • Strategize reaching out to college counselors
  • Learn how to highlight your authentic qualities that colleges are looking for

CAP Workshop #3 – National College Fair Debrief + Strategizing & Networking (1 day) October 23, 2022, (Sunday 12-6pm)

Topics Covered

  • Post National College Fair review
  • Confirm college choices and follow-up on applications
  • Strategize focused networking to continue communication with colleges of interest

Enrollment in CAP also includes Complimentary access to the following:

September 29, 2022 Thursday College Essay Workshop 2-7pm drop in

‘Scholarship & College Financial Strategies’ Workshop on March 5, 2023 for students and parents

Other Services

Identity Mapping – 9th grade through Adult. 2-3 hour private Identity Mapping session with Dianne to identify characteristics, patterns and passions of an individual. This gives guidance creating a long-range vision. This service is included as part of the Identity Foundations program or for $375 one can benefit from it as a stand-alone service.

Private Consultation $120/hour. One hour minimum and then billed in 15-minute increments after that. This can be

Essay Editing/Consultation performed in person in the Studio or by phone or video call. For scheduling information, please email us at classes@artandinnovate.com.