Arizona School for the Arts

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Admissions FAQs

How do I submit an application to ASA?
  • Online application (electronic form ONLY)  will be available beginning October 3, 2016.
  • Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm on January 18, 2017.
  • All applications must be 100% complete (as indicated in the application portal) to receive a lottery number.
Which applicants do not need a lottery number? 
  • Children of faculty, staff, and board members
  • Siblings of current ASA students OR siblings of ASA graduated alumni
  • Rollover applicants ( will keep original lottery number)
Which applicants need a lottery number?
  • Students who have never applied to ASA.
  • Students who applied to ASA and declined or did not respond to an offer for enrollment.
  • Students who applied after the January 2016 lottery.
  • Students who withdrew from ASA.
I have several students applying to ASA this year. Do they all receive a separate lottery number? At what point, if any, do they receive sibling status?
  • One lottery number is issued for all siblings in a family.
  • Once one sibling of the family is enrolled, the remaining siblings receive sibling status and will be placed above rollover and new lottery applicants.  
My rollover student has a sibling, do they get a 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. 

How and when do I find out my lottery number?
  • Lottery numbers for eligible applicants will be drawn at the Governing Board meeting on January 23, 2017.  Although this meeting is open to the public, no lottery information is shared at this meeting.
  • Lottery numbers will be available in your admissions account on January 27th.
Since there are both lottery and non-lottery applicants, in what order are students enrolled? 
  1. Siblings of current ASA students, siblings of ASA graduates, and children of ASA Board members and ASA faculty receive priority.
  2. Rollover wait list applicants who meet the established criteria will be processed before lottery applications.  This email will be generated from
  3. New Lottery numbers are used to create a numerical order for the applicants that require a lottery number.  This lottery order of applicants will immediately follow the applicants that do not require a lottery number (see above).  
When will I know if there is an opening for my student at ASA?  How will I be notified? 
  • 5th grade families will receive email notification about openings in February.
  • All other grades will receive email notification no later than mid April.
  • Once an offer of enrollment is received, parents must email their reply by the deadline indicated in the offer
  • Offers for enrollment continue through the summer and first semester as openings become available.
  • It is the parent’s responsibility to monitor the admissions portal to see changes in wait list status. Please be aware that there is minimal change during July. Most changes occur in August.
How are openings filled? 
  • Openings in each grade level are offered to applicants that meet the program criteria/ program availability.
  • Click here for more details about the Admissions Process
What impacts the placement of new students? Is it possible for someone with a higher lottery number to receive an offer for enrollment ahead of me?
  • ASA enrolls students in accordance with ARS 15-184.
  • Students will be placed in the appropriate classes and grade levels for which they have demonstrated eligibility as determined by previous standardized testing, previous school evaluations, and ASA placement tests/ auditions.
  • "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.
  • "Program" for arts enrollment refers to music, ballet, and theatre arts.
  • 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.
Are placement tests required and how are they used?
  • Yes, placement tests are required to complete the application process.
  • Results from placement tests are used for placement, not admissions.
  • Placement tests results are used to provide recommendations to parents to remediate skills if needed before beginning at ASA.
  • 5th-9th grade and homeschooled students take a math, reading and writing placement tests.
  • Please note that ASA has an advanced English class in grades 5-10 and accelerated math class in grades 5-8.
  • Students will be placed in the appropriate classes and grade levels for which they have demonstrated eligibility as determined by previous standardized testing, previous school evaluations, and ASA placement tests/ auditions.
  • 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.
How many openings are available in a typical school year?
  • For 5th grade- ASA enrolls 112 students
  • Openings for 6th-12th grades vary and are determined by the number of current ASA students who choose to re-enroll
What are the minimum academic requirements?
  • Students must have successfully completed their prior academic coursework to enroll in the next grade level at ASA.
  • Middle School Students:
    • No developing or approaching core skill sets (reading, writing, social studies, science, math)
    • No Ds (or equivalent)
    • No Fs (or equivalent)
  • High School Students:
    • Need to have completed 1 full year of English, math, science, social studies, and either Spanish or French for each year of high school completed
    • Earn C- or higher in all classes (semester/ year end grades)
What if my student has Ds or Fs?
  • ASA is committed to assisting students from diverse backgrounds find a pathway to college. Some students may need supplemental academic instruction in English and/or Math during the school day in order to prepare for success in a college preparatory environment. If determined to be necessary, faculty and administration will place students in bridge classes for additional instruction for the entire year. Bridge academic classes may replace up to 2 arts credits each year. Please review the Admissions Process page for more information.
  • Students may replace a maximum of 2 Ds or Fs by earning a C- or higher in a summer class. ASA allows students to make up 2 credits during summer school.
  • Students who do not attain the necessary skill competency or complete the required academic coursework with a letter grade of C- or higher may be offered a placement in their current grade level if a space is available.
Do I need to submit a portfolio or resume for my child?
  • No, ASA does not consider portfolios or resumes for admissions.
Does ASA charge tuition?
  • ASA is a public charter school and does not charge tuition, but is incredibly donation dependent. We rely on financial support from our families and community members to maintain our extensive arts programming and retain the quality teachers our children deserve. Arizona School for the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization: 86-0792809 and contributions are tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor with specific questions. Thank you for your generosity and investment in ASA's unparalleled, innovated education model. 
How is ASA funded?
  • Academic programs are funded by the state.  ASA receives about $1,000 less per pupil in annual state funding than our public school counterparts.  ASA receives no funds from the state for capital building (facilities) or for the performing arts programs. 
  • The school relies on the generosity of individual donors, the business community, and foundations to fund the conservatory arts program which costs over $2 million each year.
  • In order to fully fund a student's education through the arts, an $1,800 (per student) annual donation is requested to our Annual Fund. We are grateful (for those who can) for families who more to help offset the families of less means; allowing all out students to receive the benefits of out college preparatory education informed through the performing arts.
  • ASA also receives funds through the tax credit. The Arizona Public School Tax Credit is a state program  that allows Arizona taxpayers to contribute to our extracurricular programs and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on their state taxes. Married couples can donate up to $400 and single filers can donate up to $200 and receive the full credit from their state tax liability. NOTE: Tax Credit at ASA support extracurricular clubs and activities, field trips, academic competitions, etc. It does NOT support the arts.
How should I assess whether my student is ready for the rigor and quick pace of ASA?
  • Students with demonstrated grade level skill proficiency and an openness to being challenged transition well into ASA.
  • Students who engage in learning through dialogue, discussion, self-advocacy, and discipline also adapt easily to the learning environment at ASA.
What type of student is usually successful at ASA?
  • One who thinks deeply and asks questions
  • One who enjoys school and craves learning
  • One who strives for excellence and is willing to persevere to work through difficult problems
Does ASA offer AP courses?
  • Students enrolled in AP classes receive an additional 1.0 to their class grade. For example, a student earning an A in an AP course would earn a 5.0 instead of a 4.0 in the particular class. ASA currently offers:
    • AP Statistics (juniors and seniors)
    • AP Calculus AB (juniors and seniors)
    • Post AP Calculus II (seniors)
    • AP English (juniors)
    • AP US History (juniors)
    • AP Government (seniors)
Does ASA have Honors classes?
  • Students earning honors credit in a class receive an additional 1.0 to their class grade. For example, a student earning an honors A would earn a 5.0 instead of a 4.0 in that particular class.
    • All seniors and juniors are eligible to earn honors credit in each of their academic courses.
    • Juniors and seniors are able to eligible to earn honors credit in the highest levels of each performing arts area.
    • Honors credit is earned by meeting the criteria established by the specific content teacher.
How are students placed in arts classes?
  • Students select their arts classes when they apply online; however, placement in first choice classes is not guaranteed.
  • Students are placed in arts classes according to skill level, rather than grade level.
  • New students interested in a higher placement than beginning take a placement audition (see placement tests/audition dates for details).
  • PLEASE NOTE:  All students interested in ballet must audition.
  • All placements are made by the content area teacher.
Does my student need to audition?
  • All theatre arts and ballet students must audition to determine readiness for the arts discipline. 
  • Students (5th - 12th) who want to be placed above beginning level in instrument (band, strings, guitar) must audition.
  • Students (7th -12th) who want to be placed above beginning level for choral arts must audition.
  • High school students who want to enroll in the piano program must audition.
  • All applicants can submit a video audition or in-person audition, please review the Arts Placement and Audition page
Can students be a beginner in the arts?
  • Students entering ASA in 5th-9th grade can be beginners in music (choral arts and instrument). No audition required for these beginning students.
  • Students entering 5th grade can be beginners in ballet, however they must audition for program readiness.
  • ASA does not offer a beginning ballet program for students in 6th-12th grades. 
  • High school students interested in beginning piano instruction may take a fee-based class for credit during 9th hour (3:00-4:00 pm).
  • Students are placed in arts classes by skill level, not by grade.
What instruments are offered at ASA?
  • 5th and 6th grade students can choose from:
    • Band: Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, brass instruments
    • Strings: violin, viola, cello & string bass
    • Guitar: classical only (nylon string). Beginners may take the fee-based class and more advanced student must audition for placement.
  • 7th - 12th grade students can choose from:
    • Band: Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, brass instruments, orchestral percussion
    • Strings: violin, viola, cello & string bass
    • Guitar: classical only (nylon string)
  • Piano: all 5th-8th grade students receive this class. High school students must audition into the program.
Does ASA provide instruments?
  • Instruments are rented by individual students through suggested vendors.
  • ASA only provides the following music instruments for use at school: string bass, certain oversized percussion instruments, baritone saxophone, and tuba.
  • Students bring their instruments to school daily and take them home for nightly practice.
  • Rooms in which instruments are stored are locked or supervised during academic periods.
Does ASA offer any other dance besides ballet?
  • Students enrolled in the ASA dance program have ballet three days a week, modern one day, and Horton technique one day. 
  • ASA offers classical ballet study employing the Vaganova method.  ASA does not offer recreational ballet.
Can students change their arts classes during the semester?
  • Students can only change arts classes during the first week of school, subject to openings in classes.
  • All classes are year-long at ASA.
What are ASA's school hours?
  • School hours are 7:45 am-3:00 pm except for those taking a 9th period class. These students are dismissed at 4:00 pm.
  • Students are not allowed on campus before 7:20 am.
  • Students must be picked up within 15 minutes of their dismissal time
  • Early dismissal days for all students is 11:20 am.
Why would my student take a 9th period class?
  • Some arts classes are only offered 9th period.
  • ASA has many classes that run from 3:00-4:00 pm daily, except on early release days. There is a monthly fee for many of these classes.
Does ASA have before and after school care?
  • ASA does not offer any before school care.
  • Yes, we have after school programs for grades 5th-12th that run from 3:00-4:00pm every day except on early release days. Monthly fee applies.
  • There is also a 4:00-5:00pm homework hour available. Monthly fee applies.
  • After school programs include homework hour, practice hour, theatre arts programs, and music programs
  • Some after school programs are available for high school credit.
What expenses can parents expect to pay?
  • We request parents pay an annual activity fee (not eligible for tax credit) which covers a performance activity pass (all students/siblings + 2 adults), special in-school presentations/concerts/assemblies, school ID (1), daily planner, school directory, access to the parent portal and student grading system.
  • Some examples of other expenses include:  
    • Academic:
      • School supplies
      • PSAT fees (10th and 11th only)
      • Literary texts
      • Materials for 3rd quarter presentation 
      • AP classes
    • Arts:
      • Instrumental rental (if applicable)
      • Performance clothing
      • Ballet gear (leotard, tights, shoes, Showcase costume fee)
      • Piano theory book
    • Extracurricular:
      • Socials/ dances
      • Disneyland trip
      • Movie day
      • Senior Ropes (12th grade only)
      • School clubs
Does ASA provide transportation?
  • No, parents are responsible for getting their students to and from school.
  • ASA can provide a carpool list to set up a car pool.
  • Many students at ASA use the light rail and city bus system to get to school. The light rail stop is located 2 blocks from campus.
What lunch options are available at ASA?
  • ASA does not have a cafeteria.
  • Students can purchase food on campus through approved food vendors.
  • ASA is a closed campus for 5th-11th graders.
  • ASA seniors are allowed to walk off campus for lunch.
Does ASA provide lockers?
  • Lockers are provided to some students at ASA. Currently students in 5th, 6th, 12th, ballet, and certain band instruments receive a locker. This is subject to change based upon student needs.
  • Students eligible for a locker will be notified.
  • There is a non-refundable fee for lock rental.
What athletic opportunities does ASA offer?
  • Aside from providing sports equipment during lunch, ASA students may be eligible to play for a Canyon Athletic Association member district with a letter from ASA. For students interested in club sports, there are currently 264 Amateur Athletic Union clubs within 25 miles of ASA. For students interested in city leagues, "Phoenix Plays" youth sports programs include basketball, soccer, baseball, football, hockey, and volleyball. Other cities offer similar programs.
How do I find out more information about ASA? (dress code/ grading policy/ daily rules/ graduation requirements/ etc)