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Admissions Overview and Process

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 register.

Boston Arts Academy welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and does 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 in any of its programs or educational opportunities, activities, facilities, or admission practices, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat, or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn.

We have a two-stage process for registering for Boston Arts Academy (BAA)*:

  1. 1. Audition Registration (Online Only)
  2. 2. Audition (For detailed Audition Requirements, please click on your arts area:
    Dance, Fashion Technology, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts.)

*Boston Arts Academy accepts students for the 9th, 10th and 11th grades, however we do not admit any 12th graders. 10th and 11th graders are placed on a standby list until a seat becomes available.

Residency Requirement

You must be a Boston resident to attend Boston Arts Academy. Non-Boston residents are more than welcome to apply to BAA for a one-time $60 fee, however we will only accept students who can provide proof of residency to Boston Public Schools (BPS) by June 30th, 2019. Click here to view residency requirements for the BPS.

Neighborhoods that are considered part of the City of Boston:

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.

Audition Workshop

BAA offers an Audition Workshop on Saturday, December 8th from 9:30am – 12:30pm to help students prepare for their auditions. Find out more about workshops and other important admissions dates here.

Audition Dates

Doors will open at 8:30am for registration and auditions. Auditions will begin promptly at 9am:

  • Friday, February 1, 2019 | Everyone reports (first choice major)
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 | Second choice major and new auditions**

We expect every student to be ready for the audition. To view the audition requirements for your desired major, please click on the appropriate link: DanceFashion TechnologyMusicTheatre, or Visual Arts.

**Students who miss auditions on February 1st or February 2nd, please contact BAA at


Some students will be Accepted or Not Accepted based on their audition and some students will be asked to come for a Callback only if the judges want to see again. Getting a Callback does not mean a student has been Accepted or Not Accepted. At Callbacks, students will be asked to do one of the following depending on their major:

  • Dance: Participate in a dance class
  • Vocal Music: Sing in groups
  • Theatre: Perform their monologue

There are no Callbacks for Fashion Technology, Instrumental Music, or Visual Arts.

Audition Results

All Decision Letters (Accepted, Waitlisted, & Not Accepted) will be mailed out on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.

  • Accepted – your score is high enough to be invited to attend BAA in the upcoming year.
  • Waitlisted – you are not yet accepted, but may become invited to attend if more students are needed to fill a class.
  • Not Accepted – your score is not high enough to be invited to attend BAA in the upcoming year.

Completion of Admissions Process

Only Accepted and Waitlisted students will be asked to submit their official transcripts to BAA’s Admissions Office to complete their Admissions Process. Transcripts allow our staff to place students in appropriate classes, however they are not considered in the admissions decision.


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

Standby List (10th & 11th Graders)

If a 10th or 11th grader is Accepted they are placed on a Standby List until a seat is available for their grade/major.

Appeals Process

Due to the high volume of applicants we do not have an appeals process for Dance, Music, or Theatre.

Acceptance and Retention Policy

Once a student is part of the Boston Arts Academy community, they are informed of their 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 & 10th 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 their performance in their major they may have to repeat the year in the arts, postponing their graduation date.

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 26, 2019 at Boston Arts Academy at 6pm.

Shadow Program

Our Shadow Program is only for Accepted students and per request only. Shadow days are only held on specific dates (TBD) between March and May where students are assigned to a current BAA student from the same grade/major. It’s a great opportunity for students to spend the day at BAA before making a decision about attending.

Placement Testing (Rising 9th Graders Only)

All Accepted students going into 9th grade are required to come to Boston Arts Academy for a Placement Test in the middle of June 2019.

Questions? Contact Us:

Admissions Manager
Christina Rodríguez at
Office: (617) 635-6470 ext. 32382 | Mobile: (617) 590-8071