Admissions

Hello and Welcome to the Admissions Page for Denver School of the Arts.

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 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

 

A 4 step process

Step 1 – THE ONLINE APPLICATION

APPLY HERE
Will go live by 1:00 pm on November 2, 2020

The online application will open on November 2, 2020 by 1:00 pm and close at 9:00 am on January 1, 2021. At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online. We will not take any late applicants after 9:00 am, January 1, 2021.

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 automated email, from the online application system, 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, the school will not call to confirm. Please use the email confirmation, as explained above, as your confirmation. We will see you at the pre-audition meetings in January.

Step 2 – THE MANDATORY PREAUDITION MEETINGS – DONE VIRTUALLY FOR 2021

A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be able to view their online preaudition meeting in order to move ahead in the audition process. These will not be recorded.  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 on this online 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 watch the meeting but is 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 February. 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 log into your meeting at the designated preaudition meeting date.  The links are on the individual major page.  Look to the left.

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 4, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Piano
January 5, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Theater
January 5, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Dance
January 5, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Stagecraft and Design
January 6, 2021 6:00 pm
(Note: Stagecraft and Design will be accepting applicants in high school only)
link here – to be uploaded in January

Creative Writing
January 6, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Video Cinema Arts
January 6, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Guitar
January 7, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Visual Arts
January 7, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Band
January 7, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

Orchestra
January 7, 2021 6:00 pm
link here – to be uploaded in January

 

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, 2021 – February 18, 2021. 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, 2021. 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, 2021. 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, 2021.

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

This has yet to be determined.  Our arts teachers are currently working on how to hold their auditions virtually.  Each department will explain their online audition process at their Preaudition Meeting in January.

For now – please write these possible audition dates on your personal calendar:

Tuesday, Jan 19
Saturday, Jan 23
Tuesday, Jan 26
Saturday, Jan 30
Tuesday, Feb 2
Saturday, Feb 6

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 9, 2021

All students who audition will be notified by email on February 9, 2021 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 2021/2022 school assignment through the online system (email and/or text) in late March 2021. 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 19, 2021

Concert Hall at DSA
7:40 am – approximately 9:30 am
Welcome for all new MIDDLE SCHOOL accepts

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

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 the 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.