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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 will have two different admission processes: one for theatre, music, and dance and one for visual arts. Because our visual arts program is a Perkins Chapter 74 program, we are required to follow the admissions guidelines for visual arts set by the state of Massachusetts.

Admissions Process for Theater, Music, and Dance

The admissions process for theater, music and dance consists of two stages: an audition application and audition in the arts.

    Stage one: Audition Application online
    Stage two: Audition

A panel composed of ProArts College representatives, artists from community arts organizations, and BAA staff conduct the auditions. Nothing else is required in stage one; transcripts, grades, test scores, and letters of recommendation are not considered. By focusing solely on the audition, BAA aims to encourage all students interested in the arts to apply to the school. Acceptance decisions are based on the audition only.

If the student is accepted or placed on the waitlist, 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. 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.

Waitlist for Theater, Music, and Dance

Waitlisted students for theater, music, and dance will remain on the waitlist until the end of December. If the student doesn’t get in by end of December she/he needs to go through the admissions process again for the following school year in order to be consider for BAA. Due to the high volume of applicants we do not have an appeals process in theater, music, or dance at this time.

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.

Admissions Process for Visual Arts

Because our visual arts program is a Perkins Chapter 74 program, we are required to follow the admissions guidelines for visual arts set by the state of Massachusetts.

The Chapter 74 process requires that there are five categories in the admission process: audition/interview; grades; attendance record; discipline/conduct record; and a recommendation from the sending school. Students are given a composite score based on all 5 areas. All 5 areas will be considered in the composite score according to the following percentages:

• 50% of the score: audition/interview scored on a rubric. A panel composed of ProArts College representatives, artists from community arts organizations, and BAA staff conduct the audition/interviews.
• 20% of the score: whether the student has received sufficient academic credit to complete the necessary grade. For example, a student applying to be a 9th grade student at BAA will have to show sufficient academic credit to complete the 8th grade by June of the application year.
• 20% of the score: whether the student has an attendance record sufficient to complete the necessary grade. For example, a student applying to be a 9th grade student at BAA will have to show sufficient attendance to complete the 8th grade by June of the application year.
• 5% of the score: discipline/conduct record
• 5% of the score: sending school recommendation

Waitlist for Visual Arts

Waitlisted students for visual arts will remain on the waitlist until the end of December. If the student doesn’t get in by end of December she/he needs to go through the admissions process again for the following school year in order to be consider for BAA.

Appeal process for Visual Arts

Students who are not accepted or are placed on the waitlist and would like an appeal must make an appointment with the Artistic Dean through the main office at 617-635-6470.

Completion of Admissions Process

If the student is VA is accepted or placed on the waitlist, 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, 2016. 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 29, 2016 at Boston Arts Academy | Time 6pm

Questions? Please Contact:

Blanca Bonilla, Admissions Director
bbonilla@bostonartsacademy.org
617 590 8071 | 617 635 6470 ext. 309