Admissions FAQs

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 apply to BAA?

You do not need to be a Boston resident to apply to 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, 2018 in order to enroll.

What neighborhoods count as part of Boston?

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

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 application process is designed for all students to demonstrate their ability, potential, and commitment. All interested students are encouraged to apply regardless of levels of experience.

How do I audition?

You must apply online by filling out the Audition Application. Once you have filled out an application, you will get an electronic invitation as well as a post card inviting you to the audition.

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 2, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm at Boston Arts Academy. No registration is required!

Please see Audition Requirements. Every student must be prepared for the audition.

How long is the audition?

Dance: 70 students at a time, 3-5 hours, because of solos and class 2-3.5 hours, 1 section: 9 a.m

Fashion Technology: 40 students at a time, 2-2.5 hours, 3 sections: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.

Music Instrumental & Vocal: Revolving groups, can take anywhere from ½ hour to 4-5 hours, depending on when they go up and how many students are waiting.

Theatre: 40 students at a time, 2-2.5 hours (approximately), 3 sections: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.

Visual Art: 40 students at a time, 2-2.5 hours, 3 sections: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.

What if I am auditioning for more than one major?

On Friday, February 2, 2018 all students report to their first choice audition. On Saturday, February 3, 2018 students may come back for their second 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 2nd, she or he may come back to audition on the following Saturday, February 3rd at 8:30am.

How will I know if I am considered for admission?

Students auditioning in the Theatre, Dance, and Music Vocal majors may get a callback invitation. There are no callbacks for Instrumental Music, Fashion Technology, or Visual Arts. Callbacks will be held on Friday, February 9th at 3pm. Students who are NOT invited back for a callback may not attend. After the callbacks, students who are selected will be required to submit their transcripts. All decision letters will be mailed out on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (including accepted/wait-listed students and those students not accepted).

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

Only students may go into the audition. Family members and caregivers may either wait in the Assembly Hall or leave and come back when contacted by the student.

More Questions?

Contact Blanca Bonilla, Admissions Director, at, or Christina Rodriguez, Admissions Coordinator, at Phone: 617-590-8071 | 617-635-6470 ext. 309