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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. While much of the following information may seem overwhelming to many young artists and their families, SDSCPA is committed to the unique student whose relentless passion for being an artist compliments their commitment to being a scholar. Wherever students may be in their artistic journey, we strongly encourage them to audition. It might be one of the best decisions they have ever made. We are seeking young students who love practicing the arts-regardless of where they are in their artistic skill level.


The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is proud of our welcoming culture and diverse student population. 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. We highly encourage you to attend a Prospective Family Meeting or Monday Magnet Tour, speak with SDSCPA students and families, and/or check out a student performance.

  • Attend a Magnet Monday. Tours begin at 10 a.m. beginning September 11.
  • Attend a Prospective Families Meeting
Date Time Location
Saturday, September 22, 2018 9am SDSCPA, Florence Johnson Theatre
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:30pm SDSCPA, Florence Johnson Theatre
Saturday, October 20, 2017 9am SDSCPA, Florence Johnson Theatre
Saturday, November 3, 2018 9am SDSCPA, Florence Johnson Theatre


In order to attend the San Diego SCPA all incoming students, both high school and middle school, must complete the School Choice application through the district. The Open Enrollment application for the 2018-19 school year must be submitted between Monday, October 1, 2018 and Monday, November 15, 2018. You will need your School Choice Confirmation Number to request an audition. This number will be available after you complete the application via your email.

Applications will not be accepted after the November 15th 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. This is a district procedure, and only one step in the process.


SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE: CLOSED; Please contact Richard Trujillo with further questions

Audition Date Time Location
6th & 7th Grade Students Saturday, December 8, 2018 
2425 Dusk Dr.
San Diego, CA 92139
8th Grade Students Saturday, December 15, 2018 
2425 Dusk Dr.
San Diego, CA 92139

If you are auditioning for the 8th Grade, please see the high school page for audition details and requirements.


The Audition Day

All prospective students must be prepared and on time for the audition. A make-up audition will be granted only in the case of emergency. Arrive early on audition day, appropriately dressed (see individual audition descriptions for requirements, if any), and make sure to bring all required materials including a pen or pencil for paperwork. Report to the check-in tables and submit your materials.

Please note that some auditions may take longer than others. Be prepared to wait. And, please be patient. Parents/Guardians are not allowed to view the audition.

Each program has its own audition panel. Panelists consist of faculty and guest artists from local arts organizations, universities, and schools. Please come prepared and ready to show your commitment and passion to the arts. At SDSCPA our passion and resilience will trump talent.

On the day of the audition every student is required to bring:

  1. A signed Student/Parent Contract
  2. Two Audition Recommendation Forms
  3. Musical instrument (if passionate about instrumental music)
  • We understand the importance of intense art exploration in the middle school years. As such, the audition process for 6th and 7th grade students is different than the high school audition process.
  • The process is committed to finding students with an intense passion and commitment for artistic expression.
  • There is nothing to prepare.
  • The panel will be conducting creative and performing arts assessments to determine the student’s engagement level and passion for the arts.
  • If accepted, students will be able to select their desired arts training based upon their interest, skill, and availability.  


The group interview is a way for the panel to determine the candidate’s interest, desire, and goals for attending SDSCPA and allows prospective students to express themselves beyond the audition process professionally and enthusiastically.


All prospective students will be auditioning for 1 of the following:

1. Creative and Fine art pre-major.

a. This includes arts training in Creative Writing and Visual and Cinematic Arts

2. Performing Arts Pre-major

a. This includes artistic training in theatre (Musical Theatre, Acting, Technical Theatre), Dance, and Music (Orchestra and Jazz)

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

Special Education Audition Policy for SDSCPA

Modifications are not made to any audition for any student. The audition process is an objective evaluation of a student’s skill, talent, and potential to complete scope and sequence in their program of study and reach a level of proficiency to allow the student to be competitive for an audition or portfolio review for the post-secondary.

If your student’s current IEP has an accommodation listed that he or she is using and you feel it would be beneficial for them to use during the audition, please contact us at least a week prior to the audition to discuss your student’s needs.

If you have any questions please contact Valerie Cruz, Special Education Chair, 470-0555 ext. 4134