Frequently Asked Questions 2020
Finding out more about Arts High School starts right here, by browsing the pages located under the Admissions tab on our website.
To apply for acceptance to Arts High School, you must sign up to attend a virtual audition, AND you must fill out the Newark Board of Education High School Application.
The NBOE High School application will be available at www.NewarkEnrolls.org between November 14th, 2020 and January 29th, 2021.
Arts High School Virtual Admissions Auditions will be held by appointment through January 2021. Audition sign-up will open on this website on October 10, 2020.
The Newark Board of Education uses a combination of Arts High School's audition rankings, and each student's family's school preference rankings (located on the Newark Enrolls application) to match students to schools.
While a strong audition is important, where you rank Arts High School on your application is just as important. Even if we rank you as a #1 pick, if you have ranked another school higher, you will be matched to that other school first. The only way to maximize your chances of being matched to Arts High School is to rank us as your top choice.
For all current Newark residents, Arts High School Virtual Admissions Auditions will be held by appointment through the month of January 2021. Audition sign-up will open on this website on October 10, 2020.
For students whose families are new to the city of Newark (only), auditions for rising 9th and 10th grade students are ongoing.
Rising 11th and 12th grader students are only considered if they are coming from a similar program at a visual and performing arts high school in another city.
Arts High School is a public magnet high school, and is a part of the Newark Board of Education, serving residents of Newark, NJ. Only students entering 9th and 10th grades can audition for placement. (10th grade students must provide additional materials in order to be considered.)
- 10th grade students must provide a transcript from their 9th grade year, a current report card, and a letter of recommendation from a counselor at their current school, or they will not be considered for admission, regardless of an otherwise successful audition.
- 11th and 12th graders cannot be considered at all, unless they are transferring into the district from an equivalent visual and performing arts high school program in another city.
Absolutely. However, you must provide proof of Newark residence before you can begin attending Arts High School.
Absolutely. These events will be held virtually for the Fall of 2020. Please visit the Public Admissions Information Sessions page here on our website.
Yes, you can still audition.
Information sessions and Q&A sessions are for the benefit of the auditioner and their family. They are not required.
Yes, students may audition for up to (2) two different departments. However, if successful in both auditions, the student can only be admitted into one department, which will be determined by the higher audition score.
Available arts departments are: Dance, Drama, Television Production, Visual Art, Vocal Music, and Instrumental Music (Band, Guitar, Orchestra, Percussion, Piano).
ABSOLUTELY YES! Entrance to Arts High School is extremely competitive! Review the Audition Requirements and Videos as soon as possible. Be prepared to show the Adjudication Board your best and most complete work. The audition videos are being offered to help students prepare.
The primary criteria by which Arts High School selects students are the admissions audition and/or admissions interview. A student's academic history will be reviewed, but is not a significant consideration in the admissions process. Only a successful audition/ portfolio review, successful interview, AND school assignment through Newark Board of Education will be used for admissions to Arts High School.
HOWEVER, although our students are not initially accepted on the basis of their academic records, there is a rigorous general education program in place here at Arts High School, which students must maintain, in addition to their major.
Our special needs population is 100% inclusion learning. And for appropriate students, the academic program includes many honors and AP courses, as well as dual- enrollment with local colleges, and Career and Technical Education offerings.
Ranked in US News and World Report's list of America's Best High Schools, overall, our students are quite academically competitive with students of similar age in Newark, in NJ, and on the national level.
Like all other magnet school applicants, auditioners for Arts High School must take the NBOE Magnet School Placement Test. However, the primary criteria for admission to Arts High School remains the audition.
Test dates this year are as follows:
- NBOE Students will take the test in school on Feb 5th (Make-Ups Feb 11 & 19)
- Non-NBOE Students will take the test Feb 6 (Make-ups Feb 12 & 20)
You will find a detailed breakdown of the criteria required for auditions/portfolio review under each department heading on the Audition Requirements and Videos page.
Each applicant is adjudicated by Arts High School faculty and industry professionals, based on each department's specific needs and requirements. The applicants with the highest overall audition scores, who have met all other application requirements, will be considered for admission.
Again, please remember, school placement is partially contingent upon a completed Newark Board of Education High School Application.
Auditions during the 2020-2021 School Year will be held 100% virtually.
Arts High School has a total enrollment of approximately 600 students. This year Arts High School expects to have spaces for approximately 180 incoming students. Spaces become available through graduation, attrition, and departmental need.
Arts High School will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities, on the basis of that disability, in its services, programs, or activities, in accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
That being said, Arts High School's special needs offerings are 100% inclusion. There are accommodations for which we are not staffed, or set-up, to provide in-house. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis.