Arizona School for the Arts


2017-2018 Arts Scheduling Information

2017-2018 Arts Scheduling Information

The arts classes grid schedule is available for viewing.This schedule shows the proposed arts classes for the 2017-2018 school year. Course descriptions with pre-requisites can be found under each department on the ASA Website.


In order to streamline the arts class scheduling, teachers will request classes at the end of the 3rd quarter for students based upon their current classes. Completed requests will be organized by grade to ensure fairness in enrollment. Current 11th graders will be enrolled in classes first, followed by current 10th graders, and so on, ending with current 5th graders. Once the course requests have been completed, students and parents can view them starting March 20, 2017, in their ParentVue account. Parents will not be able to make any changes online.  If families wish to make any changes there will be an open period to make such a request. (see below)


Depending upon the arts area of study, students are placed by the following criteria:


Music & Ballet Students:

All music and ballet students are placed in their classes for the 2017-2018 school year based upon class placements, promotions, and auditions.


Students enrolling in High School Piano:

  • Students currently in 9th-11th grade will request High School class piano during their regular piano class period before the end of the 3rd quarter. Students should review the class schedule grid and know their other arts classes to ensure they request the correct period for piano.
  • Students currently in 8th grade that qualify for and want High School class piano will enter a lottery for open seats. Typically the amount of requests for the class exceeds the number of open seats, especially for periods 7 & 8. Students may, for their freshman year, have 9th period piano and be eligible for a study hall. More information is available from the piano department.


Theatre Students:

  • Students in 5th-7th grade that are currently enrolled in a theatre class that meets before 3 PM will be automatically placed in the next class in the sequence of study.
  • Students in 8th-11th grade will attend in-school class request sessions during their theatre class(es). At these sessions, the theatre arts department teachers will assist students in choosing their theatre classes based upon interest, pre-requisites, and goals in the theatre program.
  • Students enrolled in the 9th hour pay to play theatre class or on the current waitlist for theatre classes will follow the change request process listed below to request a theatre class(es) be on their 2017-2018 arts schedule. Priority will be given to these students for open seats.
  • Students not currently enrolled in theatre classes will follow the change request process listed below to request a theatre class(es) for their 2017-2018 arts schedule, subject to available openings.



Middle School Arts: All current 5th-7th grade students will receive piano and choir instruction while enrolled at ASA. Music and Ballet students will receive placement information by Monday, February 27, 2017. All student change requests from current arts (instrument, theatre or dance) must complete the change request process listed below.


High School Arts: All current 8th-11th grade students must enroll in 2 arts classes each year. Students may choose to enroll in a 3rd class, 9th period, for an additional class fee. Please note: students may not enroll in 2 choral or piano classes. Students requesting to play 2 instruments must have instructor approval. Music and Ballet students will receive placement information by Monday, February 27, 2017.


Arts Major - Requirements for Juniors and Seniors

Students in 11th and 12th grade MUST enroll in 2 classes in their major area of students during both 11th and 12th grade. Students will pick between music, theatre arts, and ballet. Ballet classes fulfill the 2-credit requirement each year. Seniors may not switch majors.


Current 10th grade students will indicate their arts major by completing the Arts Major Request Form and returning to the office by Friday, March 10, 2017. This form was given to students and is available both in the office and online. Students will need to make sure their courses reflect their chosen major.


Viewing Requests

Students and parents will have on-line access to view course requests no later than Monday, March 20, 2017. This will allow time for students and parents to review requests before they become final. The online view will only show those arts classes that have been requested. No waitlist information will be provided. Parents will be notified via email from the school when the online access is available.


If a change to an arts class is requested, students will need to complete the arts change process listed below being mindful to adhere to all the instructions before submitting to the office. No online class request changes are available.


Requesting a change to Arts Class Schedule

Open request period is Monday, March 27, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017.


Students wishing to change their arts courses for the 2017-2018 school year can do so by completing the Arts Class Change Form. This form is in the office and can be downloaded and printed.


To request a change:

  • Print or secure from the office the Arts Class Change Form
  • Indicate the requested class and secure an approval signature from the arts department team leader. This will ensure that there is space in the class and that the student meets all the pre-requisites.
  • Have a parent sign the request form
  • Submit to the office for date and time stamp by the deadline


Pay to Play Classes – Some classes in the arts schedule are Pay to Play. These require a separate Pay to Play Class Enrollment Form.  These forms are available in the office and online. Students that elect to take a Pay to Play class must submit the form with required deposit to the office for a time and date stamp. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Families will know that the Pay to Play course has been added when it appears in the on-line view. Allow a week once the form is submitted for these course requests to appear in the viewing portal.


3rd Arts Class Fee – ASA provides to each student in 7th-12th grade two afternoon arts classes as part of their course of study. Students that elect to take an additional arts class will be charged a fee for the additional class. The fee schedule is included in the Annual Parent Meeting packet.


Study Hall Requests

Study Hall is a silent study period available 7th and 8th periods during the afternoon arts block. Study Hall is available for students in 7th-12th grade who need the class due to placement in 9th hour classes that fulfill their majors and/or skill level. There is no additional fee for study hall if students qualify for a 9th hour class through audition. Students requesting study hall must complete the required 2017-18 Study Hall Request Form. Completed forms must indicate the qualifying class and will be accepted in the office Monday, February 27, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017.


Arts Change Requests after open period - August 15-21, 2017

Please give your class choices your highest consideration. All classes at ASA are yearlong. Schedule changes may only be made during the first week of school. Open seats will be posted in the office. Additional form, listed below,  and change fee required. Final change period is August 15 - 21, 2017.



Students and parents that have questions about their arts choices should contact the department team leader.

Theatre Arts Schedule Questions – Rob Chambers,

Ballet Schedule Questions – Gia Firicano,

Band Schedule Questions – Monica Anthony,

Guitar Schedule Questions - Josh Pierce,

Strings Schedule Questions – Allyson Wuenschel,

Piano Schedule Questions – Dianne Cangelosi,

Choir Schedule Questions – Dana Bender,


Other general questions – Laura Apperson, ASA Arts Director,