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Application Process

By now, we hope you have learned about the rigorous academic program, pre-professional arts conservatories, and unique school culture found only at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). You are ready to apply!

After becoming familiar with the school’s various conservatories through an OCSA Preview Day, prospective students are invited to fill out an application and, for most conservatories, are required to participate in a Placement Activity. A public, random drawing (“lottery”) will be conducted by conservatory, grade level, and when applicable, concentration, to determine which students are offered admission.

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. 

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 accommodations needed to support them during the admissions process. 

If you have questions, please read our Admissions FAQ. You may also contact our Admissions Office at admissions@ocsarts.net 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 a Preview Day! During Preview Day, students and families are able to take a self-guided campus tour, attend individual conservatory presentations, and meet with administration and academic counselors.

Preview Days are scheduled for Saturday, October 2, Saturday, November 6, and Saturday, December 4. Register here.

Submit your Online Application

Submit your Online Application

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available online in mid-October 2021. The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 school year is January 21, 2022. Conservatory Placement Activities will be held in January and February 2022.

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

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.

CONSERVATORY PLACEMENT ACTIVITY PROCESS

Conservatory Placement Activities provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their art form. With the exception of the Arts & Enterprise Conservatory, all OCSA conservatories require participation in a Placement Activity. 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 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.

Applicants should carefully examine the specific Placement Activity Guidelines for each conservatory, as ALL aspects of the guidelines are required for an application to be considered complete. If submissions do not match the Placement Activity Guideline requirements, the final rubric score will be affected. 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.  

For in-person Placement Activities, applicants will be able to schedule their appointment dates and times. The window to schedule any in-person Conservatory Placement Activities will open on November 30, 2021. All in-person Placement Activities for the upcoming school year will be conducted in January and February 2022. Once a Placement Activity appointment is scheduled, there can be no changes to the scheduled date or time. 

ADMISSION LOTTERY

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(s) after submission (due on March 7, 2022). 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.

A public lottery will be conducted, in accordance with the admission preferences in OCSA’s approved charter petition, in order to determine admission in each conservatory. 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.

OFFER OF ADMISSION NOTIFICATIONS

OFFER OF ADMISSION NOTIFICATIONS

All applicants who participate in the admission lottery will be notified of the results via email by mid-April 2022.

Admissions Timeline

Mid-October 2021

Online Application Available 

November 30, 2021 Start of Placement Activity Scheduling
January 21, 2022 Deadline to Apply for the 2022-2023 School Year
January-February 2022 Conservatory Placement Activities
March 7, 2022 Deadline for Lottery Conservatory Selection(s)
March 30, 2022

Admission Lottery

Mid-April 2022 Applicants Notified of Admission Status