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Boston Arts Academy is the only public school for the visual and performing arts in the City of Boston. Our students are passionate about the arts, work and learn together as a community, and reflect the diversity of the city. Even more, they learn to use their voices for change.

If you’re interested in applying to become a part of our community of artists and scholars, we invite you to learn more. You can plan to attend one of our upcoming Admissions Presentations, contact us with any questions, or get started with the application process below.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, homelessness, ancestry, or genetics.

  • Grades Blind

    We do not consider a student’s prior academic or behavioral record when considering admission.

  • All Levels of Experience

    We’re looking for students who are passionate about the arts. All interested students, regardless of experience – from beginner to expert – are encouraged to apply.

  • Full Inclusion

    We like to look at prospective students in the light of what they can do, not what they can’t do. BAA is a full inclusion school.

  1. Review Audition Application Requirements

    To apply to BAA, you will be asked to submit a prepared audition (video or portfolio) with your application. Please review the Audition Requirements for your specific arts major under the Auditions navigation tab since the requirements vary per major.

    We have a number of virtual admissions events you can sign up for to learn more detailed information about our process. We highly recommend students attend one of our Admissions Presentations and the Audition Workshop.

  2. Submit Audition Application

    Janurary 21st, 2022

    Create an account through Acceptd and apply. You will receive a confirmation email once your audition application has been submitted. Students are welcome to audition for up to TWO majors, but must submit ONE audition application per major.

  3. Attend Callbacks (By Invitation Only)

    After auditions, some students may be invited to attend a live callback either on zoom or in person. This is not a sign of acceptance or non-acceptance, rather the panel simply wants a second look before coming to their final decision.

  4. Take Next Steps Based on your Decision Letter

    Decision letters will go out via email on March 17, 2022 after 5 p.m. Every student who completed the admissions process will receive a decision letter indicating whether they were Accepted, Waitlisted, Not Accepted, or placed on a Standby List.

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A panel composed of staff from BAA, the ProArts Colleges, local community arts organizations review auditions for prospective students. Depending on the chosen arts major, auditions will be judged on physical ability, versatility, technique, originality, and creativity.

We encourage all prospective students to attend our Audition Workshop prior to their audition. The Workshop is a great opportunity for caregivers and students to meet the judges and ask questions about the audition process. The Audition Workshop is for all majors: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts & Design.

Audition Requirements

The admissions process for all majors consists of submitting an Application and a Video or Portfolio Audition. However, the audition requirements and judging criteria vary. Please be sure to review your chosen area of study prior to auditioning:

DanceMusic - InstrumentalMusic - VocalTheatreVisual Arts & Design
Who can apply to attend BAA?

You must be a Boston resident to apply to the Boston Arts Academy (BAA) as we are part of Boston Public Schools. Wondering if your neighborhood qualifies? Allston, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown-Leather District, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway-Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mid-Dorchester, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End and West Roxbury.

We’re looking for students who are passionate about the arts. All interested students, regardless of experience, are encouraged to apply. BAA considers applicants for all grades. Applicants applying for 10th and 11th grade who pass their audition are placed on a standby list until a seat becomes available.

Do you provide interpretation services?

We are happy to provide Spanish and American Sign Language interpreters for any of our events. Please request services two weeks prior to the event by contacting the Admissions office:

I have an IEP/504 Plan, do I need to tell you prior to my audition?

Our application process is academic blind, meaning there’s no need to tell us ahead of time, unless you need to request specific accommodations for your audition. Our students come with a wide range of academic strengths and needs, and we are a full inclusion high school. If you are admitted to BAA, we will need a copy of your IEP/504 Plan as soon as possible.

How do I audition?

You must register online by submitting the Audition Application and a video or portfolio audition. Once you have submitted the application, you will receive an email confirmation. Be sure to review our full admissions process.

Can I audition for more than one art major?

Absolutely! Students are welcome to audition for no more than two arts departments. If you do decide to apply to more than one, you will need to fill out one audition application for each arts audition. If a student is accepted from both auditions, they must select one art to pursue for their time at BAA.

Where are you located?

We are currently at a temporary location at 11 Charles Street in Dorchester, MA. However, in fall 2022, our new state-of-the-art facility at 174 Ipswich Street in Fenway will open. Our new home will feature high-tech fashion and fine art studios, a cutting-edge STEAM (STEM + Arts) lab, a rooftop recital hall, professional theatres, and more. While construction is under way, please check out this virtual tour of our future building.

I received my decision. What do I do next?

After a 9th grade student is accepted to BAA, they should review the Admitted Students page for more details on next steps, admitted student requirements, and important new student dates. All other grade students who are accepted, will be placed on a waitlist until a seat becomes available.


Waitlisted students will be contacted directly if/as soon as a seat becomes available in their grade and major. Students will remain on the Waitlist until the end of December. If waitlisted students in incoming grades 9 or 10 are not contacted by then, they can reapply the following school year in order to be considered for BAA.

Not Accepted

Students who are not accepted will receive a list of recommended local community organizations where they can continue to pursue and develop their art form/s. Students are more than welcome to re-audition each admissions year.


Students who are not accepted or waitlisted from their Audition Application will be placed on a standby list and will remain on the list until June 30, 2022. If the student doesn’t get in by the end of June, they need to go through the admissions process again for the following school year in order to be considered for BAA.

Congrats on becoming a part of the BAA community! There are a few more steps to complete the admissions process, which will include submitting required documents, placement testing, and attending the three-day summer orientation. Students who are not yet registered with BPS should do so before June 30. We can’t wait for you to join us in the coming year!

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