The Audition Application for the 2015 – 2016 School Year

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.


The admissions process consists of two stages: an audition in the arts and an audition application. A panel composed of ProArts College representatives, artists from community arts organizations, and BAA staff conduct the auditions. Nothing else is used to determine admission—transcripts, grades, test scores, and letters of recommendation are not considered in the admissions process.  By focusing solely on the audition, BAA aims to encourage all students interested in the arts to apply to the school. If the student is accepted or placed on the waitlist, she or he will be asked to complete the second stage of the admissions process. In the second stage, students send in their official transcripts and write two essays that give them the opportunity to introduce themselves to the BAA community.


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, 2015. 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.


For accepted students:

The requested transcripts allow us to begin the course selection process and the essays help us to get to know the student and to place the student in particular advisory groupings. We request the same items from wait-listed students. If an accepted student declines admission, we want to be able to offer a seat to a wait-listed student as quickly as possible.
Due to the high volume of applicants we do not have an appeals process at this time.

Accepted Students/Families Meeting:

More information will be provided about BAA’s Acceptance and Retention policy at the Accepted Students/Families Meeting on:

Thursday, March 26,  2015 at Boston Arts Academy | Time 6pm

Questions? Please Contact:

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

Emily Melo, Admissions Coordinator