Q. How are students accepted into TSA?
A. The 2017-18 application form is currently available for completion on the TSA website at www.ts4arts.org on the Front Page or under the Enrollment tab. Once applications are complete, within 24 hours, you will receive an Application Checklist. To view your checklist, login to the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal. (Where you filled out your initial application). Completed applications, including all checklist items, received during the open application period (between October 7 and January 27 at 3 p.m.) will be entered into our New Student Lottery. Please note that for an application to be considered complete, you MUST submit all required documentation on your individualized checklist by the appropriate deadline. Applications completed after January 27 at 3 p.m. will be considered “deferred” and only added to the end of the waitlist created by New Student Lottery, if needed.
Q. What is included in the required documentation?
A. An Individualized Checklist will be generated based on the information provided on your students’ application. The checklist will not appear immediately. Please return to the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal after 24 hours. The checklist items will include: Materials/Records Fee ($20 non-refundable), immunization records, grade card (current grade report and final 2015-16), current full year schedule (high school students), unofficial transcript (current grades 10 and 11 only), proof of residency, birth certificate, social security card, standardized test scores from the past two years, and if applicable: current IEP and ETR, custodial paperwork, or home school portfolio. All checklist items need to be complete prior to January 27, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Q. I have submitted all of the required documents, how will I know if I have a lottery number?
A. All applications for the 2017-18 school year are processed online. You may check the status of your student’s application via the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal at any time, bearing in mind that application import and review is a process and changes to the application status will be gradual. Upon review and acceptance of all necessary documentation, your application checklist will be marked as “Eligible for Lottery” and notification of lottery number will be sent via email.
Q. When is the lottery? Does a lottery number mean I am accepted?
A. The lottery will be held February 24, 2017. A lottery number means that you had a complete application before the lottery deadline of January 27 at 3:00 p.m. Each application that is verified to have been completed before the deadline will receive a lottery number and each number issued will be drawn. It is the order in which the numbers are drawn, in conjunction with the projected number of available openings, which determines the order in which students are scheduled for the Next Step Process. Please note that a lottery ticket does not guarantee an invitation to the Next Step Process and also that an invitation to the Next Step Process does not guarantee acceptance. Please be aware that we do invite more people to the Next Step Process than we have spaces for. This helps facilitate the wait list process.
Q. Does my child need to interview or audition to attend TSA?
A. It depends on grade level and area of artistic interest. Invitations will be sent for the Next Step Day. Appointments will be scheduled individually based on lottery numbers drawn and are necessary for admission. This Next Step Day is held solely to assist in the scheduling process and to determine appropriate skill levels. This does not determine entrance into TSA. The Next Step / Informational Day for 2017 for all grade levels has been scheduled for March 11. More detailed information will be included with the Next Step Day invitation.
Q. How many openings are there?
A. TSA now has an average of 100 students per grade level. Current students are given the opportunity to re-enroll for the following school year, thus we will not know the exact number of openings per grade level until the re-enrollment process is completed. (initial 2017-18 acceptance notifications will be sent in mid to late April/May).