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Admissions Overview and Process

Boston Arts Academy seeks a student body that is passionate about the arts, works and learns together as a community, and reflects the diversity of the city of Boston. The admissions process is designed to give all students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability, potential and commitment. All interested students, at all levels of prior experience—from beginner to expert—are encouraged to apply. Boston Arts Academy welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, English language proficiency, age or disability in any of its educational programs, admission practices, and activities.

Students in 8th, 9th, and 10th grades are welcome to apply. However, space is extremely limited in the 10th and 11th grades.

We have two different admission processes: one for theatre, music, and dance and one for fashion technology and visual arts. Please click on the Dance, Fashion TechnologyMusic, Theatre and Visual Arts links here or in the menu for more detailed admissions information about each arts area.

Completion of Admissions Process

If the student is accepted or placed on the wait-list, they will be asked to submit their official transcripts. Transcripts allow staff to place students in appropriate classes. Transcripts must be sent to BAA’s admissions office in order to complete the admissions process, but they are not considered in the admission decision.

Residency Requirement

You must be a Boston resident to attend Boston Arts Academy. Students do not need to be residents of the city of Boston during the admissions process, but we will only accept students who can provide proof of residency by June 30, 2018. Click here to view residency requirements for the Boston Public Schools.

Neighborhoods that are considered part of the City of Boston:

Allston, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, and West Roxbury.

Once a student is accepted to the Boston Arts Academy, they are informed of their rights, privileges and responsibilities as a BAA community member. These are clearly articulated in the Contract of Acceptance signed by both students and their parent or guardian. Included in the contract is the expectation that students at BAA maintain a C in their arts in the 9th grades, and a B- in the 11th 10th grades. Boston Arts Academy offers many opportunities to support students who are struggling with their course work. If a student is consistently on probation because of their performance in their major they may have to repeat the year in the arts, postponing their graduation date.

Due to the high volume of applicants we do not have an appeals process for dance, music, or theatre.

Accepted Students/Families Meeting

More information will be provided about BAA’s Acceptance and Retention policy at the Accepted Students/Families Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Boston Arts Academy at 6pm.

Questions? Please Contact:

Blanca Bonilla, Admissions Director
617-590-8071 | 617-635-6470 ext. 309

Shadow Program

The Shadow Program is for accepted students only. It’s a great opportunity for students to spend the day at BAA before making a decision of attending BAA. We will be hosting accepted students from March to June.

Admissions/Placement Testing

Accepted students are required to take a reading test (2 – 3.5 hrs) to help us place the student in the correct English/Seminar class, and to help us determine how we can best support and challenge them. This placement test will be for rising 9th and 10th graders only.

Accepted Students/Summer Orientation

Accepted students are required to attend a three-day summer orientation the third week of August (tentatively).