Admissions

WELCOME TO OCSA

It is our mission to provide a community that nourishes and nurtures the personal integrity and creative expression of our students in their pursuit of artistic and academic excellence.

We invite you to take the step of applying to OCSA, and we look forward to supporting you on your artistic journey.

ARTS CONSERVATORY AREAS

Middle School (grades 6-8): Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Orchestra, and Vocal Music.

High School (grades 9-12):

Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Theater/Drama, Orchestra, Technical Theater, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music.

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APPLICATION AND AUDITION TIMELINE


The application period for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. Please visit this page in December 2019 for information on applying for the 2020-2021 school year.

Below are the audition requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. It can serve as a blueprint for upcoming auditions (audition requirements may change for the 2020-2021 school year application). (click here

 


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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