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 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.
Preview Days are a great way to find out information about the school. You will hear from the DSA administration and receive a tour of the school. To sign up, click here.
Director of Admissions – Miranda Odom
Auditions for the 2017-2018 School Year
A 4 step process
Step 1 – the online audition application
The online application is now closed. We will not be taking any more applicants for auditions for the 17/18 school year. If we have a second round of auditions for any major, the information will be posted here sometime in April.
The online application will open on October 10, 2016 before noon and close at NOON on November 18, 2016. At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online.
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.
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 meeting in November/December.
What if you want to know more info between when you apply and when the pre-audition meeting happens? Go to the DSA Homepage, Arts. Look for the major you are interested in. This will take you directly to that major’s website. Look for an admission/auditions tab. If that arts department needs you to know anything ahead of the pre-audition meeting, it’s there.
Step 2 – the mandatory pre-audition meetings
A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be in attendance at the pre-audition 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/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. For now, please keep all audition dates open. Audition dates/times are listed under step 4 of this page.
You do NOT need to sign up for this meeting. Your online application is your signup. You simply come to DSA on your designated pre-audition 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 November/December. Please wait until these meetings to hear directly from the arts teachers.
November 28 6:00 pm Library
November 28 6:00 pm Schomp Theater
November 28 6:00 pm Concert Hall
November 29 6:00 pm Schomp
Please note: the creative writing audition date for the written component is Saturday, December 3, 2016 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.
Stagecraft and Design
(Note: Stagecraft and Design will be accepting applicants in high school only)
November 29 6:00 pm Concert Hall
Video Cinema Arts
November 29 6:00 pm Library
November 30 6:00 pm Library
November 30 6:00 pm Schomp Theater
November 30 6:00 pm Concert Hall
November 30 6:00 pm Orchestra Room
December 1 6:00 pm Schomp
Step 3 – the district school of choice form
If you are a current DPS family and have a Parent Portal account, you will be able to do your choice online from January 1, 2017 – January 31, 2017. To create a Parent Portal account, go to myportal.dpsk12.org and click Getting Started.
If you are an out-of-district family, you will need to either request a Parent Portal account prior to the choice deadline or pick up a hard copy of the choice form at any DPS school and turn it into any school by January 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org to learn how to request a Parent Portal account.
DSA’s registrar, Jackie Rios, will be at DSA during all audition dates/times. She will be in the main office. She can help you through the online process or the hard copy paper process.
The DPS SchoolChoice form will ask you to rank your top 5 preferred schools within DPS, including charter schools and magnet programs such as DSA. The DPS SchoolChoice form must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on January 31, 2017. For more information about the new School Choice system, please visit http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/. Their phone number is 720-423-3493.
Step 4 – the audition
You will receive your audition date and time at the pre-audition meetings in November/December. 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. Please keep all dates/times open on your calendar. You will find out in November/December which of the audition dates you will actually need. There are some majors which may require a call back audition. All of call back details will be explained at the pre-audition meetings.
Keep the dates below open on your calendar until the November/December pre-audition meetings. The dates are not negotiable. You will know at that time which dates your student will actually audition.
Saturday, January 7
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 10
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 14
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 17
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 21
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Step 1 – notification date – January 24, 2017
All students who audition will be notified by email on January 24, 2017 as to the outcome of their audition (either qualified to attend DSA or not qualified to attend DSA). This January 24th date gives families a week to turn in the Choice form with the desired ranked schools before the January 31, 2017 deadline.
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 desired school(s) indicated on the DPS School Choice form.
All students will be notified of their 2017/2018 school assignment through a written letter in mid March 2017. 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 ranked DSA on their DPS School Choice form. If you do not select DSA as your 1st preference school, please know that it is possible that your child may not be assigned to DSA. If you have any questions about the new School Choice student matching system, please call the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services at 720-423-3493.
* It is important to know that the letter/email you receive from DSA on January 24, 2017 is only an offer to attend Denver School of the Arts. You will be matched to DSA by the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services according to your school preference you indicated on your School Choice form. If you did not select DSA as your first choice, you may be placed at your first school choice – not DSA. If you have questions about this process – please contact the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services directly at 720-423-3493.
Step 2 – Welcome to DSA Meeting – March 18, 2017
ALL new students are invited to attend the Welcome to DSA Meeting. This meeting is not mandatory – but highly encouraged. Please keep this date open in case you are admitted.
9:00 am – middle school students
All students and parents will hear from the DSA principal in the Concert Hall
10:00 am – high school students
All students and parents will hear from the DSA principal in the Schomp Theatre