Westinghouse Admissions & Application Process

Westinghouse Arts Academy is a public charter school serving students in grades 9-12. Charter schools give families a chance to choose the best educational option for their children, not be bound by the geography of where they live.

Our school was founded to meet the unique needs of creative young adults. In a climate where arts classes are disappearing from high school schedules, our school supports arts focused students with extensive arts elective offerings.

JOIN US

Interested in joining us?  As a charter school, our admissions process is part of our mandate. From opportunities to get to know us, practicalities like transportation and costs (hint: there are none, we’re tuition-free!), and auditions or portfolio reviews for admissions, we have all the information you need right here.

Cost

There is no cost to attend. Tuition is paid directly to us by your home school district. Transportation is also provided, depending on proximity. How is this possible? Learn more here.

To join us, we evaluate students based on proficiency in basic skills and potential related to a chosen area. Then, we offer admission based on numeric scores–filling spots until we reach our capacity.

Process at a glance.

Step 1: Explore or website to get to know us. If you’re ready for more information, or have questions, fill out an inquiry form.

Step 2: Arrange a visit, so you can see our work in action.

Step 3: Pick an arts focus area and fill out our application.

Step 4: Schedule and prepare for evaluation (audition or portfolio review) for admission consideration.

Step 5: Rock your evaluation! (Here are some tips.)

Step 6: Admission offers are extended, via email, to students who meet our basic proficiency requirements. Students whose scores do not qualify get a second chance to evaluate.

Step 7: Accept your offer! Our school counselor will help you officially enroll and schedule classes, and secure transportation.

Explore a Different Option for Traditional High School

As an accredited Pennsylvania high school, we offer traditional academic classes like English, math, science and even gym necessary to earn a high school diploma. In that respect, we are like other schools.

What makes us different is our arts focus areas. Our students have a deep interest in one of six areas.

Explore a Different Option for Traditional High School

As an accredited Pennsylvania high school, we offer traditional academic classes like English, math, science and even gym necessary to earn a high school diploma. In that respect, we are like other schools.  

What makes us different is our arts focus areas. Our students have a deep interest in one of six areas. 

Ready for a Closer Look? 

Choosing a high school is a huge decision. Here are some ways to come see us in person, meet our community, and learn more. 

Evaluations at Westinghouse Arts Academy

Our admission process is based on an evaluation. For performing arts, that’s an audition. For creative arts, it’s a portfolio review. We are looking for a baseline level of proficiency in the arts focus area, and we also heavily consider potential and motivation to study arts with us.  

Our arts teachers perform the evaluations, and score numerically against a rubric detailing proficiency and potential. All students who achieve a minimum qualifying score are considered for admission. In the event that a program fills up, admission is offered based on the highest numerical scores until the program is filled. Students who don’t achieve a minimum qualifying score can opt for a re-evaluation.  

Congrats and Welcome!

So, you’ve successfully completed your evaluation, congratulations! Here’s what happens next. 

Your offer of admissions will come via email. Please reply to that email with your acceptance. We need this step in writing. 

We’ll reply with a checklist of documents for you to collect and send to the school. Our enrollment team will help with this step, so many of these documents will be transferred directly from your prior school district. Our enrollment team will also coordinate transportation, if applicable.  

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Explore

Explore a Different Option for Traditional High School

As an accredited Pennsylvania high school, we offer traditional academic classes like English, math, science and even gym necessary to earn a high school diploma. In that respect, we are like other schools.  

What makes us different is our arts focus areas. Our students have a deep interest in one of six areas. 

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Engage

Ready for a Closer Look?

Choosing a high school is a huge decision. Here are some ways to come see us in person, meet our community, and learn more.

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Evaluate

Evaluations at Westinghouse Arts Academy

Our admission process is based on an evaluation. For performing arts, that’s an audition. For creative arts, it’s a portfolio review. We are looking for a baseline level of proficiency in the arts focus area, and we also heavily consider potential and motivation to study arts with us.

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Enroll

Congrats and Welcome!

So, you’ve successfully completed your evaluation, congratulations! Here’s what happens next.

Your offer of admission will come via email. Please reply to that email with your acceptance. We need this step in writing.

We’ll reply with a checklist of documents for you to collect and send to the school. Our enrollment team will help with this step, so many of these documents will be transferred directly from your prior school district. Our enrollment team will also coordinate transportation, if applicable.

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Tuition and Transportation

Westinghouse Arts Academy: No Cost to You

Westinghouse Arts Academy is tuition-free, there is no cost to attend. Additionally, transportation is provided, depending on where you live.

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