The Next Step in the Application Process: Student Evaluations

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.  

Evaluation

Each area of the arts requires different preparation for the evaluation.  Please review this information carefully. You may only be evaluated in one area. If you are interested in studying in multiple arts areas, you should choose the area of greatest interest. If you are offered enrollment, you can schedule classes in other areas.

Enrollment evaluations are conducted for the following areas: dance, literary arts, instrumental music, vocal music, graphic design, game design, media production, studio arts, technical theatre, theatre, musical theatre.

Before your enrollment evaluation is scheduled, you will receive additional information and tips on how to best prepare, so don’t be intimidated by these guidelines.

Literary Arts

Prepare a collection of your best works. You can submit your work as a hard copy in a folder or binder, a link to an online portfolio, or on a thumb drive that you will leave with your evaluator. Your portfolio should include at least five pieces that represent your body of work.  Be sure to include enough to allow your evaluator to get to know you as a writer. Be prepared to discuss your writing and your goals as a student and a writer. Your collection might include:

  • Poems
  • Short stories
  • Play scripts or screenplays
  • An excerpt from a longer work of fiction
  • Essays, articles, or other works of non-fiction

Studio Arts

Prepare a collection of your best works. A digital format (thumb drive, cd, dvd, or link to an online portfolio) that you will leave with your evaluators is required; however if you want to bring in a work sample of something large because it presents better that way, like a sculpture or large sketchbook, that is permitted. Whatever you bring in should also be represented by a photograph in your digital portfolio. An evaluation won’t be completed without a portfolio submission.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss your goals as a student and artist. Portfolios should include sufficient works to allow the evaluator to get to know you as an artist. Students interested in a photography emphasis should include a wide body of photographs in their portfolio. Some examples of what you should include in your portfolio are:

  • Original photographs
  • Sketches or completed drawings
  • Paintings
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media works

Digital Arts

Prepare a collection of your best works in a digital format (thumb drive, cd, dvd) that you will leave with your evaluator or provide a link to an online portfolio. An evaluation will not be completed without a portfolio submission.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss your goals as a student and designer. Portfolios should include selections from the following list:

  • Logos, package designs, or other branding elements
  • Posters or advertising elements
  • Graphic art pieces
  • Web designs

Prepare a collection of your best works in a digital format (thumb drive, cd, dvd) that you will leave with your evaluator or provide a link to an online portfolio. An evaluation will not be completed without a portfolio submission.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss your goals as a student and designer. Portfolios should include selections from the following list:

  • Screenshots of games or apps you have created.
  • Storyboards or other planning documents for games you have designed.
  • A demonstration of a game on a laptop or mobile device.

Prepare a collection of your best works in a digital format that you will leave with your evaluator or provide a link to an online portfolio. An evaluation will not be completed without a portfolio submission.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss your goals as a student and artist. Portfolios should include selections from the following list:

  • 3 to 5 minutes of a video or audio file (not music) that you worked on.
  • A screenplay, storyboard or script that tells a story with visual elements.
  • A 200-500 word critique of a film or television show with your analysis of its artistic merits and effective engagement.

Dance

You will be scheduled to attend a two hour dance class where you will dance in a variety of styles. You will also have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss your goals as a student and a dancer. How to prepare:

  • Bring any forms of dance shoes you own – ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, etc.
  • Wear proper dance clothes if you have them –  females wear a leotard and tights with hair pulled back or in a bun. Males wear jazz pants or tights and a white t-shirt. No jewelry.
  • If you do not have dance clothes or shoes wear sneakers and clothes that you can move in easily such as leggings or sweatpants. No jeans.

Theatre

You will be expected to perform a memorized monologue.  You will also have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss your goals as a student and performer.  Prepare a monologue as follows:

  • Length should be one to two minutes and must be memorized.
  • Style can be comedy or drama.
  • Selection must be from a play (not from a movie or a book of monologues).
  • The character should be age-appropriate.

Musical Theatre

You will be expected to perform a monologue, give a vocal performance, and be evaluated in dance. You will also have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss your goals as a student and performer.  Prepare as follows:

  • Prepare a one minute memorized monologue as directed in the Theatre evaluation guide.
  • Prepare for the dance evaluation as directed in the Dance evaluation guide.
  • Select 32 bars of a Broadway standard song for your vocal evaluation.
  • Please bring sheet music in the key that you will sing in.  An accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment will be accepted.

Technical Theatre

You will be expected to present evidence of participation in technical theatre either at your school or a local theatre. You will also have a short interview with your evaluators, so be prepared to discuss why you are interested in studying technical theatre. Please bring the following:

  • Any examples of your work in technical theatre (this may be programs, work samples, designs, prompt books, letters from supervisors, photographs).
  • A portfolio of your work if you have one.

Vocal Music

You will be expected to perform a 3-5 minute solo. You will also have a short interview with your evaluator to discuss your goals as a student and a vocalist.  Please note:

  • You should choose music that displays the best qualities of your voice in a style that you are familiar with.
  • Your lyrics must be memorized.
  • An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the key you will sing in.
  • No recorded accompaniment will be accepted.

Instrumental Music

You will be expected to perform on your instrument of choice (you must bring your own unless you play the piano).  You will also have a short interview with your evaluator to discuss your goals as a student and as a musician.  Prepare to do the following:

  • Demonstrate 2 major scales of your choice.
  • Perform a work of 3-5 minutes in length.

Tips for a Successful Evaluation

 

  • We want you to be a part of our school community! The majority of kids who evaluate receive satisfactory scores. Since opening in 2017, we’ve had the capacity to accept all qualified applicants.  
  • Don’t stress out over the evaluation. Show us your art. But at 14, 15 or 16 years old, you don’t need to know it all. We care even more about your passion, and your desire to grow as an artist. 
  • Follow all directions. The ability to do this is part of the evaluation rubric. If you have a question, ask it! 
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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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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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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.

So, what’s next?

 

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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