Admissions

2017-2018 School Year

The application period for OCSA has closed for the 2017-2018 school year. Please come back in November 2017 to fill out a 2018-2019 application.

PROGRAM AREAS:

Middle School (grades 6-8) Program Areas: Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Orchestra, and Vocal Music.
High School Program Areas:  Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Orchestra, Technical Theater, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music.

APPLICATION AND AUDITION TIMELINE

Step 1: November - February
Apply using Osceola School District's Choice Application
 

Step 2: Auditions: March 8, 9, & 10
  To view audition requirements (click here)
Student auditions by appointment only. Applicants who submit a completed application will be contacted through e-mail for a specific audition appointment date and time. If you cannot find your e-mail please try checking your SPAM.

Sign up for Parent Informational Sessions

Sessions are intended for parents who are seeking information about the school for potential students. Immediately after the meeting there will be a student recital. Upon Arrival please check in at the front office. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Student Selection for Acceptance to OCSA

Accepting students to study at OCSA is never an easy task. Each year we receive an amazing number of applications from many talented students while we continue to have only a limited number of openings for new students. We closely consider many factors regarding the individual student before a student is accepted. OCSA staff members are well represented in the selection process for admitting students to attend OCSA.

Staff members, including core classroom teachers, guidance, and specialist staff, assist in reviewing and rating student writing samples and interviews and current OCSA students are also involved and rate interviews. Our professionally trained arts teachers conduct the auditions and determine a rating.

All of this information is taken into consideration along with student grades, test scores, behavior record, attendance history and recommendations from the student’s current teachers in making the final evaluation to decide to invite students to join us at OCSA. There is usually no one factor that excludes a student from consideration; we are attempting to look at the entire student (looking at all the above information) to determine if they possess what we believe it takes to be successful at OCSA.

In recent years we have experienced an increase in applications (approximately 725) while we have continued to invite about the same number of students (about 225) to join us. We at OCSA take this selection task very seriously and realize that not everyone will agree with our decisions, however, our decisions are based on our best professional judgment.

If you contact our office to seek information about the selection process we will share with you the information provided above. Please note that we do not release individual student information or rating scores. Thank you.
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