Application Process

By now, you have learned about OCSA’s rigorous academic program, pre-professional arts conservatories, and unique school culture. You are ready to apply!

After becoming familiar with the various conservatories and the skills characteristic of those conservatories at one of OCSA’s Preview Days, prospective students are invited to fill out an application and participate in a placement activity to identify the appropriate placement in the conservatory to which they seek admission. OCSA shall admit all applicants on a space available basis to the appropriate level of the conservatory of choice. When applicants exceed spaces, a lottery will be conducted to determine which students are admitted.  

Before getting started, please make sure that you thoroughly understand the admissions guidelines and have gathered all of the necessary materials. You will complete your application online and should be prepared to upload all requested materials along with your application. Be sure to follow these step-by-step instructions.

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 read our Admissions FAQ. You may also contact our admissions office at or 714.560.0900, Ext. 5510.

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Attend a Preview Day

Attend a Preview Day

Prospective students and families are encouraged to learn more about OCSA by attending one of our Preview Days.

Preview Days for the 2020-2021 school year have concluded. Check back soon for dates for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Submit your Online Application

Submit your Online Application

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available in mid-October. An applicant’s placement activity will be scheduled in the order that applications are received, so please consider applying as soon as you are able.

Placement activities are held in January and February. The deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 school year is January 3, 2020.

Families with multiple students applying must use an individual, unique email account for each applicant. When creating your account, please be sure to enter the student applicant's first and last name. When entering your email address however, please use a parent or guardian email address.

Click here to visit the Apply page.

How to Check Your Application Status

How to Check Your Application Status

Once an application is submitted, just log into your admission portal to view your status.

About the Academic Program

About the Academic Program

OCSA provides a rigorous college-preparatory academic program and adheres to the California State Mandated Requirements for High School Graduation. The school’s faculty and staff are committed to supporting the educational needs of each and every student. Students are expected to make a commitment to their academics as well as their conservatory classes. Students must complete the minimum set of requirements for graduation by the end of their senior year.

Placement Activity Scheduling

Placement Activity Scheduling

Applicants with a complete application submission will be scheduled to attend the first available placement activity date, or their first-round placement activity materials (video or portfolio) will be sent to conservatory faculty for review. Placement activity information will be sent via email to the primary email account associated with the application.  Please use a parent or guardian's email address when setting up your applicant account.

All placement activities for the upcoming school year will be conducted in January and February. An applicant's placement activity will be scheduled in the order that applications are received, so please consider applying as soon as you are able. Opportunities to attend a placement activity in late spring and summer are rare and only scheduled if there are fewer applicants than spaces available.

Once a placement activity is scheduled, there can be no changes to the scheduled date or time.

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Offer of Enrollment Notifications

Offer of Enrollment Notifications

All applicants who attended a placement activity for the new school year will be notified of the results of the enrollment lottery via email by mid-March.

Admissions Timeline

October 5 Preview Day
Mid-October Online application made available
November 2 Preview Day
December 7 Preview Day
January 3

Deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 school year

January-February Placement activities are held
Early March Enrollment lottery held
Mid-March Notifications emailed