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Middle School Admission Process

Effective this year, all new incoming students in grades 6-12 are required to pass an audition before enrolling in the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. This will provide greater access to students with a strong passion for the arts. While, much of the following information may seem overwhelming to many young artists and their families, SDSCPA is committed to the unique student with a relentless passion and drive to be an artist. Wherever students are in their artistic journey, we strongly encourage them to audition. It might be one of the best decisions they have ever made.

STEP 1: Get to know SDSCPA

SDSCPA is not for every student -- it serves the young aspiring creative mind who is already demonstrating a passion for and potential lifelong commitment to the arts.

Attend a Magnet Monday. Tours begin at 9:30 AM on the following dates.

October 3, 2016
October 10, 2016
October 17, 2016
October 24, 2016
October 31, 2016
November 7, 2016
November 14, 2016
Attend a Middle School Parent Information Meeting:
Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 P.M
Saturday, November 5th 9 A.M.

STEP 2: Complete the Open Enrollment Form

After reviewing our school information, please complete the School Choice Application through the district. All students must complete this application to be eligible for an audition.

The Open Enrollment application for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted between October 3, 2016 and November 14, 2016. Applications will not be accepted after the November 14th deadline unless the family is new to the district or a current San Diego Unified student who has a change of residence. Proof of residence is required.

STEP 3: Review the SDSCPA Audition Process.

Please click the following link to view the SDSCPA Middle School Audition Process for students that are interested in auditioning for our creative and fine arts pre-major, and/or our performing arts pre-major.

The Middle School Audition will take place Saturday, Dec 3 at SDSCPA beginning at 8AM.

We understand the importance of intense art exploration in the middle school years. As such, the audition process is different than the high school audition process. The process is committed to finding students with an intense passion and commitment for artistic expression. In grades 6-8, students will begin with more flexibility in their art curriculum and move toward a focused pre-major in one of the five arts majors--dance, creative writing, music, visual and media arts, and theatre.

Please note, all students must re-audition for the high school program. However, rigorous training in the arts does better prepare students for the high school audition process.

SDSCPA seeks students with potential, passion, and commitment to the arts. Previous training is helpful, but not necessary. Students may audition for more than one discipline; however, if they are accepted to more than one program they will need to choose one program in a single major.

Each program has its own audition panel. Panelists consist of faculty and guest artists from local arts organizations, universities, and schools.

STEP 4: Audition

Audition on Saturday, December 3, 2016 beginning at 8 a.m.

Results of the auditions will be distributed by mid-December.