Ready to apply?

Thank you for your interest in applying to Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)!
We are excited that you want to join our family!

Before beginning your online application, please make sure you have read our Admissions Overview page, and that you fully understand our Admissions Requirements. We also strongly encourage you to attend one of our Preview Days!

Still have questions? Check out our Admissions FAQ below.

The admission session for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. 
We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year in the fall. 

Admissions FAQ

How do I submit an application?

New applicants will need to create a new applicant account in our Admissions System. An individual parent email address will be necessary for each applicant account.

Applicants who have previously submitted an application will have access to their previously created applicant account.

When creating a new account, please be sure to enter the student applicant’s first and last name, not the parent’s. When entering the email address, however, please use a parent email address, as all communication from the Admissions Department, including interview/audition placement activity schedule information, will deliver to the email address you provide.

Please fill out the student information section completely. Grade reports & current transcripts and the applicant’s birth certificate/passport should be included.

Why do you require a copy of a student’s birth certificate?

We ask for a copy of the student’s birth certificate or passport in order to confirm their legal name for entry into the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). This is the database that California uses to track all student academic records.

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, after they have received their acceptance notification. All special services information is confidential and is not used as part of the interview/audition placement activity process.

My child is very talented, but struggles academically. Will OCSA be a good fit?

OCSA provides a rigorous college-preparatory academic program. While the school’s faculty and staff are committed to supporting the educational needs of each and every student, the students themselves are expected to make a commitment to their academics as well as their conservatory classes.

In our experience, students who are not maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA in a traditional school setting will likely have trouble succeeding in our extended school day.

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.

Can I apply to both Orange County School of the Arts and California School of the Arts?

Yes. All applicants who wish to be considered for admission to Orange County School of the Arts and California School of the Arts must submit an individual application for each school. It is necessary to participate in interview/audition placement activities for each school individually. If the applicant is offered enrollment at multiple schools, the applicant will select the campus of their choice for enrollment.

What level of ability is required to be considered for admission?

Please visit our Admissions Requirements webpage to get an idea of what is expected. The admissions process is competitive, and acceptance is primarily based upon the interview/audition placement activity results.

My child was “waitlisted” last year at OCSA. Do I need to submit a new student application for 2020-2021?

Yes. A new application and interview/audition placement activity are required.

After my child is accepted, will they have to attend an interview/audition placement activity every year?

No. As long as the student maintains good citizenship and is on track to graduate, they will not have to repeat the interview/audition placement activity process. 

How do I check on the status of my child’s application?

Applicant status information can be viewed in your applicant account portal.  If additional information is needed, we will contact you via email. The email address used to set up your applicant account is the primary email and will be used for all communication from the Admissions Department. Please use a parent’s email address when setting up your applicant account.

Can my interview/audition placement activity be rescheduled?

No. It is not possible to reschedule interview/audition placement activity dates. Interview/audition placement activity space and dates are limited. All interview/audition placement activities take place in January and February.  Applications are processed in the order received. Submitting your application early will provide you the opportunity to receive your interview/audition placement activity date far in advance.

When can I apply, and what is the application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year?

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available online in mid-October 2019. An applicant’s interview/audition placement activity will be scheduled in the order that applications are received, so please consider applying as soon as you are able.

Interview/audition placement activities are held in January and February. Generally, all interview/audition placement activity space is filled by early January. Opportunities to attend an interview/audition placement activity in late spring or summer are rare and are only scheduled if there is a conservatory need.

January 3, 2020 is the deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 school year

Although we will continue to accept applications after January 3rd, interview/audition placement activities will only be scheduled if there is a conservatory need for additional applicants.

What documentation do I need to include?

All applicants are required to submit a copy of an official birth certificate or valid passport (hospital and religious certificates do not meet this requirement).

Students applying to grades 7, 8 and 9 will submit their final 2018-2019 report card and all current 2019-2020 grades available at the time of submission.

Students applying to grades 10, 11 and 12 must submit completed high school transcripts, including current progress grades, along with their application submission.

Depending on the conservatory you are applying to, an art portfolio or YouTube link(s) may be required, along with the application submission. Please carefully review the interview/audition placement activity requirements for the conservatory you are applying to.

Incomplete applications will be returned and delayed in processing.

My child attends a school that does not give out grades. Is it still necessary to provide a transcript?

Yes. All applicants, including those who are currently attending home school or a school that does not have a traditional grading system, must submit the required grade reports/transcripts.

Why does my submitted application show “Documents Not Received” highlighted with a red X?

As part of the application processing, all submitted documents must be verified by the Admission Department. Once the application is processed and the documents are verified as correct, documents will be marked as “Received” highlighted with a green check mark. If additional applicant information is needed, the Admissions Department will contact you via email. Your application account’s primary email address will be used for all communication. Please use a parent’s email address.

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. Prospective students and families will receive an overview of the academic and arts programs, and will 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 of our admissions-related deadlines and events appear on our Master Calendar.

Can I apply for more than one conservatory?

Yes. For the 2020-2021 school year, prospective students may apply to a maximum of two conservatories or programs. The appropriate conservatory form must be submitted with the application, including any required interview/audition placement activity materials. If the applicant is offered enrollment in multiple conservatories, the applicant must select one conservatory for enrollment.

How many students apply and how many are accepted each year?

We currently receive more than 2,000 applications annually, and we are projected to accept approximately 550 students for the 2020-2021 school year.

Do you accept students mid-year?

Depending on the need and available classroom space, students can be accepted mid-year. Mid-year offers of enrollment may be extended to applicants currently on the OCSA waitlist.

I submitted an application for my child last year. Do I need to submit a new student application for 2020-2021?

Yes. A new application is required. 

How will I be notified of my child’s interview/audition placement activity?

When the interview/audition placement activity is scheduled, a confirmation email containing the date, time, and location of the interview/audition placement activity will be sent to the primary email address used to set up the application account. A reminder email will be sent a few days before the scheduled interview/audition placement activity. The applicant’s portal will also show the interview/audition placement activity date. Please use a parent’s email address when setting up your applicant account.

How much does it cost to attend?

OCSA is a tuition-free, donation-dependent, public charter school. No student is admitted or denied based upon financial capacity.  Each school year, we must fundraise for the operation costs of the different arts conservatories, and we rely on parents and the community-at-large to help us reach our fundraising goals.

Contact Us

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