Admissions FAQs

FAQs About Registration Requirements

Do I need to be a Boston resident to go to BAA?

Yes, the Boston School Committee requires all students to be residents of Boston. Students need to provide proof of residency in accordance with BPS regulations. Please click here to see the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Residency Policy.

Do I need to be a Boston resident to register for BAA?

You do not need to be a Boston resident to register for BAA. There is a one time $60 application fee for all non-Boston residents. If you are admitted to BAA, you must be a Boston resident by June 30, 2019 in order to enroll.

What neighborhoods count as part of Boston?

Neighborhoods that are considered part of the City of Boston are: 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.

Do I need to be an artist or have taken art classes to apply to or go to BAA?

You need to have a passion for the arts. However, you do not need to have experience! The admissions process is designed for all students to demonstrate their ability, potential, and commitment. All interested students are encouraged to register regardless of levels of experience.

FAQs About Auditions

How do I audition?

You must register online by filling out the Audition Registration. Once you have filled out an application, you will get an electronic confirmation email.

How I do prepare for the audition?

You must come prepared for the audition by going through the audition requirements. You can also attend the audition workshop scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm at Boston Arts Academy. No registration is required!

How long is the audition?


  • 1 Section: 9 a.m
  • Students: 70 per section
  • Time: 3-5 hours (class & solos)


Fashion Technology

  • 3 Sections: 9 a.m, 11 a.m., and 1 p.m
  • Students: 40 per section
  • Time: 2-2.5 hours


Music (Instrumental & Vocal)

  • Revolving Groups: Starting at 9 a.m
  • Time: Anywhere from ½ hour to 5 hours (depending on when they go up and how many students are waiting)



  • 3 Sections: 9 a.m, 11 a.m., and 1 p.m
  • Students: 40 per section
  • Time: Approximately 2-2.5 hours (class & solos)


Visual Art

  • 3 Sections: 9 a.m, 11 a.m., and 1 p.m
  • Students: 40 per section
  • Time: 2-2.5 hours

What if I am auditioning for more than one major?

Students may only audition for up to 2 majors. On Friday, February 1, 2019 all students report to their First Choice Audition. On Saturday, February 2, 2019 students may come back for their Second Choice Audition.

Will I be fed lunch during audition days?

Students must bring their own lunch. We will provide snacks.

What if I don’t have the correct clothing/gear/preparation for the audition?

Audition requirements are available and handed out to all applicants early in the admissions process. Click on the Dance, Fashion TechnologyMusic, Theatre and Visual Arts links here or in the menu for audition requirements for each arts area.

All students should arrive prepared to audition. If a student arrives unprepared on the first audition day, Friday, February 1st, they may come back to audition on the following day Saturday, February 2nd at 8:30am.

Can families/caregivers/teachers go into the audition with students?

Only students may go into the actual auditions. Parents/Caregivers are not required to be attend, however they are more than welcome to attend and may wait in the designated waiting area or leave and come back when contacted by their student.

How will I know if I am considered for admission?

Students auditioning in the Theatre, Dance, and Vocal Music majors may get a callback invitation. There are no callbacks for Instrumental Music, Fashion Technology, or Visual Arts. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 3pm. Students who are NOT invited back for a callback may not attend. After the callbacks, students who are accepted or waitlisted will be required to submit their official transcripts. All decision letters (Accepted, Waitlisted and Not Accepted) will be mailed out on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

More Questions? Contact Us:


Admissions Director
Blanca Bonilla at
Phone: 617-590-8071 | 617-635-6470 ext. 309

Admissions Coordinator
Christina Rodriguez at
Phone: 617-590-8071 | 617-635-6470 ext. 309