Q:Who is eligible to audition for the BSA?
A:All 8th and 9th graders who demonstrate aptitude and interest in the arts are eligible to audition. Most students come from Baltimore City. Others come from surrounding counties.
Q:What are the entrance requirements?
A:Acceptance to the school is based on an audition in the field of interest—art, music, theatre, or dance—conducted by the instructors in that department. Auditions are held in January for admission to the school for the following year. Students are selected on the basis of their potential for a career in the arts. Of the 1,000 or so 8th and 9th graders who audition every year, about 100 are accepted for enrollment.
Q:How do I apply for an audition?
A:Students who attend Baltimore City Public Schools may obtain application forms and copies of audition requirements from their guidance counselors. Students attending other schools should call the Baltimore School for the Arts at 443-642-5167 or visit our website at www.bsfa.org to obtain the necessary forms and applications.
Q:May I audition in more than one area?
A:Yes, you may audition in two areas. If you are accepted into both, you must choose between them before enrolling.
Q:Are there academic requirements for admission?
A:No. Students are admitted solely on the basis of their arts auditions. Once admitted, students take academic placement examinations to help determine an appropriate sequence of courses in the school’s college preparatory academic program. To remain enrolled in the school, students are required to meet the standards of both the arts and the academic program.
Q:Will I be well prepared for college when I graduate?
A:Absolutely. The Baltimore School for the Arts has an outstanding college preparatory academic program. In fact, while a few of our graduates go directly into career-related activities, 98% go on to higher education. Our graduates attend the nation’s most distinguished colleges, universities, art schools, liberal arts colleges and conservatories.
Q:What if I decide not to pursue a career in the arts?
A:Because academics are equally emphasized during all four years of high school, students who decide to pursue other interests after graduation can feel confident that they have the background and the skills to excel in college-level studies in other fields.
Q:How long is the school day?
A:Because of the demands of both a rigorous arts and academic program, the school has an extended day. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:10 p.m. Students spend four periods a day in academic classes and four in arts classes. After-school rehearsals and studio time are often required.
Q:What is the tuition?
A:Tuition is free to Baltimore City residents. Students living outside the city must pay tuition. Call 443-642-5165 to obtain current rates.
Q:Does the school provide transportation for students?
A:City students may qualify for free or reduced-fare bus passes. The school is conveniently located near several main bus lines and light rail service.
Q:Where can I get additional information about BSA?
A:For more information about BSA, please continue to explore our website or call us at 443-642-5165.
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