Admissions

Hello and welcome to the admissions page for Denver School of the Arts.

We are excited that you are considering DSA as a school choice for your child for the upcoming school year.  We encourage you to take a look at our DSA website and explore the information it has to offer.  You may also find the ‘calendar’ option helpful in planning how many performances/shows happen in a typical school year.

We look forward to having you explore the option of attending Denver School of the Arts through our admissions process.  Perhaps one of the best ways to hear about DSA is through our Preview Morning program.  To learn more, click here.

Director of Admissions – Miranda Odom

 

AUDITIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

A 4 step process

Step 1 – THE ONLINE APPLICATION

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2019 – JANUARY 3, 2020 AT 9 AM

The online application will open on November 1, 2019 by 1:00 pm and close at 9:00 am on January 3, 2020.  At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online.

Please click on the department links (to the left) and read about the specific audition requirements for the major you’re interested in.

For this online application – all you are doing is filling out basic information on your child:  name, grade, address, parent name, etc.  If you have a current DPS student, it will ask for their 6 digit ID.  No other preparation/materials are needed to fill out this online application.  It will take 2 or 3 minutes to complete.

PLEASE make sure you work yourself through the entire audition application.  You will create an account first.  That is not the audition application.  As soon as you create an account, you will proceed to the next step by adding your child’s name, grade, major, etc.  Only completed audition applications will be considered for auditions.  You should receive an automated email confirmation that you applied.  This email will contain your students name, grade and major.  This is your confirmation that you applied.

If you do not have access to a computer, you may come to DSA during the online application window and someone in the Counseling Center will help you get online.  If you have any technology issues, please call the school and we will work you through the process.  You are welcome to call the school to make sure your application was received online.

Students may apply and audition for one major only.

Note – Stagecraft and Design will be accepting applicants in high school only.

Note – Incoming 7th graders will audition for the waitlist only.  Traditionally, the 7th grade is the hardest grade to get into at DSA.  Why is that?  Our 6th and 7th grade teams are the same size.  Unless a current 6th grader decides to leave the school, there is no room for an auditioning 7th grader.

Once you’ve applied, you will not hear from us.  The school will not send you an email or call.  We will see you at the pre-audition meetings in January.

Step 2 – THE MANDATORY PREAUDITION MEETINGS

A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be in attendance at the preaudition meeting in order to move ahead in the audition process.  We allow another adult to stand in the place of the parent in case of emergencies/vacations/work/illness/etc.  But an adult must be AT THIS MEETING to represent the student and get the audition information and an audition time at the end of the meeting.  The student applicant does not HAVE to attend the meeting but is highly encouraged to do so.

Each major will explain, in great detail, the audition process and requirements for their department.  This meeting will be your chance to ask questions specific to your major, outside school commitments, rehearsal schedules, etc, etc.  At the end of these meetings, your child will be given an audition time slot for January.  You do not get to select your audition date.  This is done for you by the DSA major teachers.  Audition dates for each major are listed on each major’s admissions page (see links above).

You do NOT need to sign up for this meeting.  Your online application is your signup.  You simply come to DSA on your designated preaudition meeting date.

The DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services nor the DSA front office staff run the auditions.  Please do not call them with questions about auditioning for DSA as they do not know.  All audition questions will be answered at the pre-audition meetings in January.  Please wait until these meetings to hear directly from the arts teachers.

Vocal Music
January 6, 2020                6:00 pm                         Schomp Theater – DSA

Piano
January 7, 2020                6:00 pm                         SSC – DSA

Theater
January 7, 2020                6:00 pm                         Schomp Theater – DSA

Dance
January 7, 2020                6:00 pm                         Concert Hall – DSA

Stagecraft and Design
(Note: Stagecraft and Design will be accepting applicants in high school only)
January 8, 2020                6:00 pm                         Concert Hall – DSA

Creative Writing
January 8, 2020                6:00 pm                         Schomp Theater – DSA
Please note:  the creative writing audition date for the written component is Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Please keep this time period open and available. Call backs for Creative Writing students will happen during the audition dates in January and February.  Questions/Concerns about this audition date should go directly to Ms Kohzadi.

Video Cinema Arts
January 8, 2020                 6:00 pm                         SSC – DSA

Guitar
January 9, 2020                 6:00 pm                         SSC – DSA

Visual Arts
January 9, 2020                 6:00 pm                         Schomp Theater – DSA

Band
January 9, 2020                 6:00 pm                         Concert Hall – DSA

Orchestra
January 9, 2020                 6:00 pm                         Orchestra Room – DSA

 

Step 3 – THE DISTRICT SCHOOL OF CHOICE APPLICATION

If you are a current DPS family and have a Parent Portal account, you will use this login to apply for SchoolChoice online from January 15, 2020 – February 18, 2020.  To create a Parent Portal account, go to https://myportal.dpsk12.org/ and click Create an Account, or if necessary, you can retrieve/reset your password so you are ready to participate in Choice. It does not matter when during the Choice window you apply, so long as it is submitted by February 18, 2020.  The exact time Choice closes on Feb 18th is determined/communicated by the DPS Choice Office.

If you are an out-of-district family, you will need to either request a Parent Portal account by Pre-enrolling with DSA and once you have a Student ID (lunch number), provided by DSA, you can create a Parent Portal Account. Be sure to do this well in advance of the closure of SchoolChoice, February 18, 2020.  Alternatively, you can simply go to http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/ and create an account. Be sure you get confirmation of your application which is in the form of an email and/or text, whichever you select.

The DPS SchoolChoice form will ask you to rank your top 12 preferred schools within DPS, including charter schools and magnet programs such as DSA.  The DPS SchoolChoice online form must be submitted no later than February 18, 2020.

For more information about the new School Choice system, please visit http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/ .  Their phone number is 720-423-3493 or you can email them with questions at schoolchoice@dpsk12.org

Step 4 – THE AUDITION

You will receive your audition date and time at the preaudition meetings in January.  The dates are not negotiable.  You do not pick the audition date or time.  It is chosen for you.  The vast majority of our applicants will only be assigned one day.  You can currently see the DATE of your audition – but not the time.  Click on the major’s admission’s link (above).  During the preaudition meeting, you will find out the time.  The days are also listed on the major’s admissions website.  There are some majors which may require a call back audition.  All of call back details will be explained at the preaudition meetings.

Audition Feedback
Due to the large number of applicants and students who go through the audition process, we do not offer written or verbal feedback.

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Notification Process

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
All students who audition will be notified by email on February 11, 2020 as to the outcome of their audition (either qualified to attend DSA or not qualified to attend DSA).  If you are accepted via the audition process (qualified) and you aren’t accepted at anything more preferred through the Choice process, you will be in at DSA! If you are NOT accepted at DSA, then the SchoolChoice process will move on to your other choices.

If your child receives confirmation that he/she has qualified for DSA, this does not mean that he/she also has an enrollment “offer”.  Students will be assigned to DSA based on their qualification status plus the results of SchoolChoice. If DSA is your top choice, put it as your top choice. Then, if you qualify, it will be a match!

All students will be notified of their 2020/2021 school assignment through the online system (email and/or text) in late March 2020.  This will come from the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services.  The only students who will be considered for enrollment at DSA will be those who successfully qualify via the DSA audition process AND have not received something more preferred via SchoolChoice.  If you do not select DSA as your 1st preference school, please know that it is possible that your child may get their MORE preferred choice and not be assigned to DSA.

WELCOME TO DSA

Monday, April 20, 2020
7:40 am – approximately 9:30 am
Welcome for all new MIDDLE SCHOOL accepts
Concert Hall

12:30 pm – 2:55 pm
Welcome for all new HIGH SCHOOL accepts
Concert Hall

This is for students and parents.  This is not mandatory but will help you understand next steps for entering DSA.  You will hear from Principal Anthony McWright and Assistant Principal Miranda Odom.  After the large group session in theatre, current DSA parents will give parents a tour of the school.  Our new student accepts will be picked up by current DSA students and taken to the major to observe.  The organization of this morning/afternoon will mirror a typical Preview Morning which are held in the fall.  The presentation, however, will be geared toward new families – not families looking to audition.