Arizona School for the Arts

Early Release Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017- 12:20 pm Dismissal

Admissions Process


Attention: The admissions portal has reopened (effective 01/24/2017) and we are continuing to accept online applications for the 2017-2018 school year!

Admissions Policies  
A revision of ASA’s admissions policies and procedures was approved at the September 2013 meeting of the Governing Board.  The process as outlined below will be used for all new students enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year.  
There is one application process for all students interested in enrolling in ASA.  
There are two types of applicants:  
1) No lottery number required:
a. Children of faculty, staff, and board members
b. Siblings of current ASA students or siblings of graduated ASA alums
c. Students who currently hold a lottery number for the 2016-2017 school year and are still on the wait list (see more information below about these rollover wait list applicants)

2) Lottery number required: 
a. Students who have never applied
b. Students who applied and declined or did not respond to an offer for enrollment 
c. Students who applied after the January 2016 lottery
d. Students who withdrew from ASA  
Students' are enrolled in the following order:
1) Children of faculty, staff, and board members
2) Siblings of current and/or graduated ASA students
3) Rollover waitlist applicants
4) New Lottery applicants
Rollover Wait List Information
  • Applications with an existing lottery number will receive a Rollover Invitation (via email) by the end of September 2016. 
  • In order to receive Rollover Status, you must accept the Rollover Invitation.
  • Rollover applicants must complete the following steps in order to maintain the rollover status: 
    • Complete an updated application by the specified deadline including submission of all required paperwork.
    • Take any required arts and/or academic placement tests
  • Rollover Status: You will keep your existing lottery number (this is not your waitlist number) and "rollover" to the top of the next following school year waitlist until an opening becomes available.
  • Rollover applicants are processed before new lottery applicants for the next following school year. Please see above.
  • If the Rollover applicant has a sibling(s) also applying, they will receive their own lottery number.
    • All new applicants will get a lottery number. This means that a sibling of a current rollover student will get a lottery number. As soon as one of the siblings is accepted the other sibling will receive sibling status and will be placed above rollover and new lottery applicants. However, we issue the new sibling his/her own lottery number so that this student has equal opportunity for admissions.


Admissions Process

ASA enrolls students in accordance with ARS 15-184. ASA enrolls eligible new pupils who submit a timely application by lottery and program availability unless the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building: 

  1. In the enrollment process, "lottery" is the number drawn at a public board meeting for the prospective student. The lottery number only determines the order in which the application is processed. Lottery number should not be confused with waitlist position, which is determined after applications are put in numerical order for each grade level.

  2. Students will be placed in the appropriate classes and grade levels for which they have demonstrated eligibility as determined by previous standardized and criterion-referenced testing, previous school evaluations, and ASA placement tests. The ASA administration has the sole authority to place the student at the appropriate grade level for both arts and academic classes according to openings available. Because ASA is committed to the success of each student’s pursuit of a college education, supplemental instruction in English and/or Math is provided during the school day and may be required based upon a student’s academic performance. When made, placements in bridge classes are additional to the regular academic class schedule. Placement in a bridge class is made by the content teacher and administration and is required for the entire academic year. Supplemental academic classes may replace up to 2 arts credits each year. Please note that ASA has advanced English classes in grades 5-10 and accelerated math classes in grades 5-8. Please see the FAQ and High School Curriculum pages for more information about advanced coursework for grades 11-12.

  3. "Program" for academic placement means in which class the child will be placed so as to best meet his/her needs to access the school curriculum.

  4. "Program" for arts enrollment purposes means music, ballet, and theatre arts in the high school and music and ballet in the middle school. Classical guitar is available with limited enrollment. The band and strings programs are subdivided by families of instruments that meet in individual classes which have enrollment caps.

Application Process for the 2017-2018 School Year


Step 1: Complete the 2-part application:

  • Part 1: Submit an electronic application
  • Part 2: Upload the required paperwork into your admissions checklist.

All applications must be completed by 11:59 pm on January 18th, 2017, including all required paperwork, in order to be considered for enrollment. 

Applicants who receive a lottery number will be placed in numerical order behind students who do not require lottery numbers (See Above).         

Step 2: All students must complete the appropriate placement tests and auditions to be considered for ASA. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled testing dates, you must contact ASA immediately. Otherwise, your application will be incomplete and you will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist.
  • Academic placement tests:
    • 5th:  math, reading, writing
    • 6th- 9th:  math, reading/writing
    • 10th -12th:  submit high school transcript
    • All homeschooled applicants must take our Math and English assessment test.
  • Arts auditions:
Step 3: Acknowledge our offer of enrollment.
  • All offers of enrollment will be sent via email.
  • It is the parents' responsibility to monitor the admissions portal to see changes in the wait list status.
  • Offers are time sensitive.
  • If ASA does not receive a response by the deadline, the offer will be rescinded.
Please follow the admissions timeline for all important dates and deadlines.