Admissions FAQ

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 school year is January 21, 2022.

WHAT ARE CONSERVATORY MINIMUM PROFICIENCY LEVELS?

The conservatory minimum proficiency levels vary between conservatories and are indicated on the feedback rubric documents. The minimum proficiency levels are based on the skills necessary in order to be successful within OCSA’s rigorous arts instructional programs. The rubric document for each conservatory is located in the conservatory application.

WHAT DOES OCSA’S LOTTERY PROCESS ENTAIL AND WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF MY ADMISSION STATUS?

Upon completion of the Conservatory Placement Activity, applicants will receive a scored rubric with helpful feedback and a proficiency level from our conservatory staff. With the exception of the Arts & Enterprise Conservatory (which does not require a Placement Activity), applicants will only be able to add an entry into the lottery for a conservatory in which they have completed a Placement Activity and met the minimum proficiency level. Each applicant will be given two (2) entries for the admission lottery. The two (2) lottery entries may be placed into one (1) single conservatory admission lottery or can be distributed between two (2) conservatory admission lotteries. Applicants will not be able to change their lottery conservatory selection after submission. At the time of application, prospective students can elect to be placed in the lottery for the Arts & Enterprise Conservatory, should they not meet the minimum proficiency of the conservatory for which they are applying.

If there are more applicants who meet the minimum proficiency level than available capacity, a public lottery will be conducted in order to determine admission in each impacted conservatory. The admission lottery will be drawn by conservatory, grade level, and when applicable, concentration, to determine which students are offered admission. Each applicant will be randomly assigned an Applicant Number at the time their application is submitted, which will be used as identification in the admission lottery, in order to protect the privacy of prospective students. A public admission lottery will be conducted in accordance with the application of lawful preferences stated in our charter. Once all available spaces are filled for a particular conservatory, Applicant Numbers will continue to be drawn and placed on a waitlist in the order drawn. All applicants will be notified of the results of the admission lottery within ten (10) business days of the lottery.

HOW MANY CONSERVATORIES CAN I APPLY FOR?

Prospective students can apply to a maximum of two (2) conservatories.

WHY DOES MY SUBMITTED APPLICATION SHOW “DOCUMENTS NOT RECEIVED” HIGHLIGHTED WITH A RED X?

As part of application processing, all submitted documents must be confirmed as meeting the Placement Activity Guidelines. Checklist Items, such as submitted artwork and YouTube videos, will initially show as “Not Received,” highlighted with a red X. Once the submitted materials have been confirmed as meeting the Placement Activity Guidelines, these Checklist Items will show as “Received,” highlighted with a green checkmark. Placement Activity participation will be recorded and included with the Checklist Items shown in the Applicant Portal. Please be sure your application submission contains all necessary materials listed on the Conservatory Placement Activity Guideline sheet.

HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF MY CHILD’S SCHEDULE FOR ANY IN-PERSON COMPONENTS OF THEIR CONSERVATORY PLACEMENT ACTIVITY?

The window to schedule any in-person Conservatory Placement Activities will open on November 30, 2021. When you schedule your Placement Activity, you will receive a confirmation email containing details for the event, and a reminder email will be sent a few days prior to the appointment. These emails will be sent to the primary email address used to set up the Applicant Portal. Please use a parent’s or guardian’s email address when setting up your Applicant Portal.

CAN I APPLY TO BOTH ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AND CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS – SAN GABRIEL VALLEY?

Yes. All applicants who wish to be considered for admission to both Orange County School of the Arts and California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley must submit an individual application for each school. It is necessary for applicants to participate in individual Conservatory Placement Activities for each school and conservatory. If the applicant is offered admission at multiple schools, the applicant will select the school of their choice for enrollment.

 

MY CHILD WAS PLACED ON THE WAITLIST LAST YEAR AT OCSA. DO I NEED TO SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

Yes. A new application is required.

HOW MANY STUDENTS APPLY AND HOW MANY ARE OFFERED ADMISSION EACH YEAR?

OCSA currently receives more than 2,000 applications annually. The school is forecasting capacity for approximately 400 new students for the 2022-2023 school year. The majority of available openings are in grades 7 and 9.

DO YOU OFFER ADMISSION TO STUDENTS MID-YEAR?

Depending on available classroom space, students may be offered admission mid-year. Mid-year offers of admission may be extended to applicants currently on the OCSA waitlist.

DOES OCSA OFFER ANY SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WHO NEED ADDITIONAL HELP?

Additional support is available for students, parents, or guardians who require translation in order to best understand our admissions processes, as well as for those who need technology assistance. Applicants who have received or are currently receiving special services are encouraged to request any necessary accommodations to support them during the admissions process. Please contact admissions@ocsarts.net or call 714.560.0900 ext. 5510 to receive support. All students who have a passion and/or interest in the arts are encouraged to apply.

Is it possible to visit or to arrange a tour of your school?

Preview Days are traditionally held on the school’s campus three times each year. At Preview Day, prospective students and families receive an overview of OCSA’s academic and arts programs. They also have the opportunity to meet with conservatory directors and take a self-guided campus tour. Private tours are not available.

What is the best way to keep informed of admissions related deadlines and events?

All admissions-related deadlines and events appear on the OCSA website. 

WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available online in mid-October 2021. Conservatory Placement Activities will be held in January and February 2022.

WHAT DOES THE CONSERVATORY PLACEMENT ACTIVITY PROCESS ENTAIL?

Conservatory Placement Activities provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their art form. Upon completion of the Conservatory Placement Activity, applicants will receive a scored rubric with helpful feedback and a proficiency level from our conservatory staff. Applicants should carefully examine the specific Placement Activity Guidelines for each conservatory. If submissions do not match the Placement Activity Guideline requirements, the final rubric score will be affected. Conservatory Placement Activities may include an in-person experience or a submission of digital materials. In-person Placement Activities may include showcasing prepared materials or prepared performance pieces. When guidelines specify that materials are to be submitted digitally, those materials should be included when the application is submitted on or before January 21, 2022. With the exception of the Arts & Enterprise Conservatory (which does not require a Placement Activity), applicants will only be able to add an entry into the lottery for a conservatory in which they have completed a Placement Activity and met the minimum proficiency level.

WHAT ARE CONCENTRATIONS?

Concentrations are areas of specialization within an art discipline. For example, the Strings & Orchestra Program has different concentration areas for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp. Another example is the Musical Theatre Conservatory, which has concentration areas for Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass. At the time of the admission lottery, applicants are drawn by conservatory, grade level, and when applicable, concentration, to determine which students are offered admission.

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

Applicants must create an Applicant Portal in OCSA’s Admissions System. Families with multiple students applying must use an individual, unique email address for each applicant. When creating your account, please enter the student applicant’s first and last name, but the parent’s or guardian’s email address. All admissions information will be sent via email to the primary email address associated with the application. Once an application is submitted, log in to your Applicant Portal to view your status.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO INCLUDE WITH MY APPLICATION?

OCSA will not request that prospective students submit any student records, including transcripts, grades, birth certificates, individualized education plans, or 504 plans prior to admission at OCSA. For Placement Activities, depending on the conservatory for which you are applying, a prospective student may submit an art portfolio or YouTube link(s), along with the application submission. Please carefully review the Conservatory Placement Activity Guidelines prior to submitting your application.

HOW DO I CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY CHILD’S APPLICATION?

Applicant status information can be viewed in your Applicant Portal. If additional information is needed, you will be contacted via email. The email address used to set up your Applicant Portal is the primary email and will be used for all communication from the Admissions Department. Please use a parent's or guardian's email address when setting up your Applicant Portal.

CAN IN-PERSON COMPONENTS OF MY CONSERVATORY PLACEMENT ACTIVITY BE RESCHEDULED?

We ask that applicants commit to the date and time initially scheduled for Conservatory Placement Activities. All in-person Placement Activities will take place on the OCSA campus in January and February 2022. Scheduling a Placement Activity as soon as possible is recommended, as space is limited for each available date. The window to schedule any in-person Conservatory Placement Activities will open on November 30, 2021.

I SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION LAST YEAR AND DID NOT RECEIVE AN OFFER OF ADMISSION. DO I NEED TO SUBMIT A NEW STUDENT APPLICATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

Yes. A new application is required.

I AM A CURRENT STUDENT WHO WOULD LIKE TO TRANSFER CONSERVATORIES. DO I NEED TO RE-APPLY?

Yes. Current OCSA students are welcome to apply for a conservatory transfer once per school year. Current students wishing to apply to a new conservatory must submit a complete conservatory transfer application and participate in a new Conservatory Placement Activity. The deadline to apply for a conservatory transfer for the 2022-2023 school year is January 21, 2022.

After my child is enrolled at OCSA, will they have to complete the admissions process every year?

No. As long as the student wishes to remain in their current conservatory, they will not have to complete the admissions process again.

Does OCSA provide I-20 paperwork for international students?

No. OCSA does not provide I-20 paperwork necessary to support student visas.

Do you allow shadowing?

No. OCSA is a closed campus and non-OCSA students may not visit classes at any time during the academic or conservatory day. 

 

How much does it cost to attend?

OCSA is a tuition-free, donation-dependent public charter school. No student is offered or denied admission based upon financial capacity. Each school year, funds must be raised to support the operational costs of the different arts conservatories, and the school relies on parents and the community-at-large to help reach fundraising goals. OCSA does not require parents or guardians to make financial contributions of any kind.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact our admissions office at admissions@ocsarts.net or 714-560-0900, ext. 5510.