UPDATE: The application process for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed.  Applications for the 2017-2018 School year will be available in October 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When can I apply, and what is the application deadline, for the 2017-2018 school year?
Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available online. We will begin accepting applications mid-October 2016. Please apply as early as possible. No guarantee of an audition can be made for applications received after midnight, January 15, 2017

Late applications received between January 16, 2017 and 5:00 pm on May 30, 2017 will only be scheduled into an audition if space is available. Generally, all audition space is full by early February and auditions conclude in mid-March. Opportunities to audition in late spring or summer are rare and are only scheduled if there is a conservatory need. No application will be accepted after 5:00 pm on May 30, 2017. 

All applicants will be notified of their final admission results in early April.  Letters of admissions will be sent in early April.   

How do I submit an application?  Process for 2017-2018
Applicants will need to create a new applicant account in our OCSA Admission System.  An individual email account will be necessary for each applicant.  All communication from Admissions, including interview-audition schedule information, will only take place via the applicant account email.  Please monitor both your email and applicant account carefully.
Each applicant is required to complete the student information section completely.  Complete grade reports (last final semester / trimester grades and current progress report) must be included.   The applicant's birth certificate / passport must be included in the student application.
Applicants are allowed to fill out up to 2 conservatory application pages.  All required, first round art portfolios and YouTube audition videos must accompany the application.   

What grade reports are required?
All applicants, regardless of the school / home-school they attend, must show a measure of progress in their course work in at least four core academic classes.  Applicants cannot apply to a grade level above the standard grade level for their age or apply to "skip" a grade level.

At the time of application submission: two grade reporting periods are required.  The most recently completed, semester / trimester, final report card: Final grades from the most recently completed semester  / trimester (may include previous grade level grades).  Current Progress Report: complete, up-to-date grades.   Missing grades will delay your application processing. 

How do I check on the status of my child's admission application?
Applicant status information can be viewed in your applicant dashboard.    

I submitted an application for my child last year. Do I need to submit a new student application for 2017-2018?

Yes, a new application and audition is required.

My child is "wait listed" for last year. Do I need to submit a new student application for 2017-2018?
Yes, a new application and audition is required.

When is the best time to apply?
Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so applying as early as possible is advised. Auditions will be held in January, February and March. Generally, all audition space is filled by early February. Please submit your application as soon as possible.  No guarantee of an audition can be made for applications received after midnight, January 15, 2017.

What documentation do I need to include?
Applicants must submit a complete application package, including the required grade reports.  Applications submitted incomplete, will be returned for completion.  Applicants must submit their complete application with a copy of their most recently completed, final semester, report card, most recent, up-to-date, progress report, copy of the birth certificate or passport.  If the applicant is on the trimester system, the most recently completed, final trimester grades should be submitted.  High school applicants must submit complete high school transcripts. 

Some conservatories have additional requirements which must be submitted at the time the application is turned in. Please refer to the audition requirements for more information.

What are the academic requirements?
It is recommended that students interested in attending have a minimum academic G.P.A. of 2.0 or better from a state authorized public school or an accredited private institution or program. The academic G.P.A. is based on grades from a minimum of four classes from the following core academic subjects; English, math, science, social science or world language. High school applicants must show they are on track to graduate.  Click here for more information.


My child attends a school that does not give out grades. Is it necessary to provide a report card?
Yes, all applicants, including those that are currently attending home school or a school that does not have a traditional grading system, must submit their most recently completed, final semester/trimester grades, or the equivalent,  and a current, up-to-date, progress report. Students in high school must submit complete, current high school transcript.

How much does it cost to attend?

The Orange County School of the Arts is a tuition-free, donation-dependent, public charter school. No student is admitted or denied based upon financial capacity. However, each school year we must raise approximately $5 million to fund the fifteen arts conservatories and we rely on parents and the community-at-large to help us reach this fundraising goal.  For additional information, please click here.

How many students apply and how many are accepted each year?
We currently receive over 2,000 applications annually, and we are projected to accept about 450 students for the 2017-2018 school year.

 Breakdown by Grade / School Year of Accepted Students

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Can a student apply for more than one conservatory?

Yes, for the 2017-2018 school year prospective students may apply to a maximum of two conservatories or programs. The appropriate conservatory form must be submitted with the application and the applicant must audition for each conservatory applied to in order to be considered for admission.

Do you accept students at mid-year?
Depending upon need, students can be accepted mid-year.  If space becomes available for the spring semester, additional students will be pulled from our current wait lists.

Is it possible to visit or to arrange a tour of your school?
Preview Days are held on the school's campus three times each year. Preview Days are held on one Saturday in October, November, and January. Prospective students and families will receive an overview of the academic and arts conservatory programs, and have the opportunity to meet with conservatory directors. For additional information, visit

Do you allow shadowing?
No, we are a closed campus and non-OCSA students may not visit classes at any time during the academic or conservatory day.

What is the best way to keep informed of Admission deadlines and events?
All of our Admission-related deadlines and events appear on the Admission calendar. You may also subscribe to the OCSA Admission Newsletter at

What level of ability is required to be considered for admission?
Please see our audition requirements to get an idea of what is expected. The admissions process is competitive and acceptance is primarily based upon the audition results.

Are services available for special needs students?
Yes. Applicants who have received or are currently receiving special services must submit appropriate documentation during the enrollment process.  All special service information is confidential and not used as part of the OCSA audition process. 

My child is very talented, but struggles academically. Will OCSA be a good fit?
At OCSA, a rigorous college-preparatory academic program is provided. While the school's faculty and staff are committed to support the learning of each and every student, the students themselves are expected to make a commitment to their academic as well as their conservatory classes.  The minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 must be met each grading period. See for more detail.

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