Enrollment

In addition to assessing your aptitude for the arts, our enrollment process judges your ability to follow instructions, to present yourself well and to describe your interest in the arts. Think of it as your first job interview! We want to get to know you and give you a chance to show us what you do.

Steps and Important Dates

If you are interested in enrollment for this current school year or next year:
1) Visit the programs section and choose one you would like to evaluate in.
2) Fill out the inquiry form.
3) You will be contacted by the Enrollment Coordinator to schedule your evaluation.
4) Prepare for your evaluation by visiting the evaluation requirements for your area, listed below.
5) Come prepared and on time to your evaluation.
6) Offers for enrollment are made in writing to the parent/guardian email address.
7) You will receive registration information when you accept your offer.

Got questions about our school, charter schools, or student life at Westinghouse Arts Academy? We have answers over on our FAQ page. You will also have an Enrollment Coordinator and School Counselor to help you throughout this process and we look forward to working with you!

Important Dates for 2020

Enrollment for current school year is rolling. If you are interested in evaluating for immediate enrollment, fill out our inquiry form and mention your current grade in the comments section.

1/14 & 2/18 (6-7:30PM) – Take Flight Information Session
Doors open at 5:45 – Open to all interested students and families. Topics covered include academic and artistic curriculum and the enrollment process. There will be tours of the building as well.

2/3-2/7 & 3/9-3/13 – Shadow Week
By appointment only, for interested students who have applied. Shadow week is split into a day for each area of the arts. Once you have applied and chosen the area you would like to evaluate for, you will be scheduled to come in and enjoy a “day in the life of” experience with a student ambassador in your area of interest.

3/24, 4/7 – Evaluation Days for 2020-2021 Enrollment
Students who apply and schedule their evaluation should arrive to their evaluation on time and prepared. If you are required to bring something with you, ensure you have it. Please find detailed information on how to prepare in the tabs for each area presented below.

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.
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Next Steps

Admission to Westinghouse Arts Academy is offered to students who successfully audition for one of our six arts focus areas. If you’re interested in audition and enrollment information, sign up to learn more about the process, schedule a tour or shadow day, and secure an evaluation date to audition. Or, support our programs with a financial gift.

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