Education in the Arts Colony
The School of Arts and Enterprise
The School of Arts and Enterprise (The SAE) is a State Board of Education authorized Public Charter High School and Middle School. The SAE has a passion for academics and the arts; a high school and middle school that has a distinguished history of producing talented, creative individuals who pursue life with a fervent desire to make a difference; a high school established in 2003 that was the first visual and performing high school in Pomona, California. The SAE offers a college preparatory academic program for grades 6-12. The artistic focus is in business, visual arts and performing arts. The interdisciplinary studies in which the students participate enable them to benefit from both the arts and the academics.
“The SAE is more than just a different kind of school. It is a total experience which transforms the lives of all who attend here. Students carry more than books around on a typical school day. They carry their guitars, sheet music, poetry journals, play scripts and dancing shoes. They dance at lunch and practice their musical instruments or sing. They work with college mentors to assist local businesses improve their bottom line. They are comfortable walking up to teachers and administrators and expressing their opinions. A snapshot of The SAE is one of eclectic, joyful, chaotic harmony.” - Luci Berger, Director
“To Teach, To Heal, Together.” More than any other statement, those words define the thrust of WesternU. The University is a teaching, learning community, one in which knowledge is applied to an end—the health and well-being of our fellow citizens. Underlying a regimen of scientific and technical course work is a strong moral, humanistic approach to education and health care.
In 1977, a small group of founders embraced the idea of creating a college of osteopathic medicine in the western United States and asked Philip Pumerantz, PhD, to come to California to start the new college and serve as founding president. Dr. Pumerantz set up shop in a rented office in a building on the Millard Sheets Mall in Pomona. On October 2, 1978, classes began for the 36 members of the Charter Class of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. By the time of their graduation in 1982, COMP was fully accredited.
The Pomona campus now occupies approximately 25 acres and consists of nine colleges: the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP); the College of Allied Health Professions; the College of Pharmacy; the College of Graduate Nursing; the College of Veterinary Medicine; the College of Dental Medicine; the College of Optometry; the College of Podiatric Medicine; and the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences.