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How to Get into a Performing Arts High School

Want to build on your natural talent and learn along with other students who share your passion? Performing arts high school could be perfect for you.


  • Step 1: Begin the process early Begin your application process early. Application deadlines may be as early as the winter before the fall semester, and some schools have waiting lists.
  • TIP: While it never hurts to aim big, know the level of competition you'll face and the commitment that will be required if you're accepted.
  • Step 2: Find application information Find the school's Web site, read the application information, and download the application. Note other requirements, such as photos, videos, letters of recommendation, or auditions.
  • TIP: Alternatively, call the school's registration office and request that an application packet be mailed to you.
  • Step 3: Complete the application Fill out the application completely, and collect required materials and application fees. Have your adult advisor look over your application.
  • Step 4: Submit the application materials Place the application and materials together in one packet. Mail the packet early so it arrives before the application deadline.
  • Step 5: Audition or interview If a school requires an in-person audition or interview, follow the instructions to be sure you arrive on time and prepared to perform or discuss your experience as required. If you're not sure what to expect at the audition or interview, ask your advisor or your contact at the school.
  • TIP: Be yourself and show that you're serious - and passionate - about a performing arts education.
  • Step 6: Prepare for the results Allow yourself to relax once you've completed the audition or interview. It's a tough process! Passion and hard work are eventually rewarded.
  • FACT: Did you know? The 1980 film Fame popularized the performing arts school lifestyle through fictional students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

You Will Need

  • A passion for the performing arts
  • A computer with internet access
  • An adult advisor
  • Money for application fees
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