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Admissions Overview and Process

**Accepted and wait-listed students are required to submit two essays and transcripts before Wednesday, March 8th. Emails and letters went out on Friday, February 17th to students who are considered for acceptance or wait-list only.**

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 at all grade levels are welcome to apply. Because BAA currently has grades 9-12, auditioning students may be in the 8th, 9th, and 10 grades. 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.

Admissions Process for Grades 10 and 11

10th and 11th graders who are accepted will be placed on a stand-by list until a seat becomes available. We will contact families by mail, email and telephone.

Completion of Admissions Process

If the student is accepted or placed on the wait-list, he/she will be asked to complete the admissions application. Students send in their official transcripts and write two essays that give them the opportunity to introduce themselves to the BAA community. Transcripts allow staff to place students in appropriate classes and essays introduce students to the school and inform placement in advisory. Transcripts and essays must be sent 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, 2017. 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, she or he is informed of her or his 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 her or his 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 28, 2017 at Boston Arts Academy at 6pm.

Questions? Please Contact:

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