About the SCPA

Academic & Artistic Requirements

Criteria for Acceptance into SCPA:

(1)   Demonstration of artistic talent and ability in one or more of the seven artistic disciplines in the SCPA curriculum.  Artistic talent is evaluated by SCPA artistic faculty members. 

(2)   Demonstration of satisfactory academic achievement as evidenced by grade reports and standardized testing scores from the applicant’s current and former schools

(3)   Demonstration of exemplary school behavior, discipline and attendance at the applicant’s current and former schools

(4)   Demonstration of a positive and enthusiastic attitude toward learning and an ability to work cooperatively with others

SCPA Admission Process for Students Entering Grades 4-12

Step 1:  Obtain written application and audition preparation packet from our website at www.scpak12.org or by visiting the school. 

Step 2:  Complete, sign, and return the written application and all supporting materials to SCPA no later than 10 school days prior to any scheduled audition date.  All application supporting materials include: (1) Copy of original birth certificate; (2) Copy of report cards from the previous 3 semesters; (3) Copy of most recent Standardized Test Scores (OAA, OGT, Terra Nova, etc.); (4) Two Teacher Recommendations (one academic and one artistic) in sealed envelopes with teacher signatures across the seal, (5) Copy of Immunization record; (6) Proof of residency (e.g. most recent utility bill); (7) Proof of legal guardianship (if applicable); (8) Current resume of artistic activities (high school students only); (9)  Recent photograph or head shot; (10) Out-of-district and out-of -state students must include a $25.00 application fee (cash or money order only made payable to SCPA).  Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned to sender.

Step 3:  After receipt of your completed application and all supporting material, the school will notify you in writing of your exact audition date and time.  Students will be scheduled for audition dates and times based on school availability. 

Step 4:  Bring the completed audition preparation packet and any requested artistic supporting materials (i.e. visual art portfolio,  art test, creative writing portfolio, writing profile) to your audition.  Be on time for your audition.  Students who arrive late to the audition will be required to audition at a later time.  Students who miss their audition day must notify the school and wait for the next audition.   If another audition date is not on that school year’s calendar, the student will need to wait to audition until the following school year.  This will require the student to (1) complete and submit the new application form, (2) submit all of the supporting materials and (3) audition again in person at the school. 

Step 5:  Students audition for the SCPA artistic faculty.  Parents are not permitted in the audition area.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet in the school auditorium with the SCPA Principal and SCPA Artistic Director.  They will review the audition procedure with parents and give an overview of school curriculum and policies.  

Step 6:  SCPA will notify you in writing of the audition result within 6 weeks after the audition date.  Possible outcomes of the audition are: (1) accepted to SCPA, (2) not accepted to SCPA

Step 7:  If accepted to SCPA, the parent/guardian will be sent an acceptance letter and a registration packet.  The parent/guardian must fully complete the registration packet and the student and parent must sign the student/parent contract. 

Step 8:  Both the registration packet and the student/parent contract must be fully completed and returned to SCPA by the parent/guardian in order for the student to be registered at the school.  A reasonable deadline of returning the registration packet will be identified.  If the parent/guardian does not complete and return the registration packet by the deadline, that reserved spot will be given to another student. 

Step 9:  If the student is not accepted during the current school year, he she may audition again the following school year.  SCPA requires submission of all new application and supporting materials each year. 

Important Notes: 

  • In-district students receive priority and will audition on October 11th, November 15th, January 31st and March 14th.  No in-district auditions will occur after March 14th, 2015.  
  • If you are an in district family, submit your application and supporting materials early in the school year.  This allows your child to audition early in the process before spots completely fill up.
  • Out-of-district students will audition only on April 18th, 2015.  No other audition opportunity will be available to out-of-district students. In addition to this SCPA audition, out-of-district families must submit a CPS Open Enrollment Application with Cincinnati Public Schools.  Families may obtain information regarding CPS open enrollment application from the Cincinnati Public Schools website.  Please be aware that this information may not be published until the early spring of 2015. 
  • Arrive to your audition at least 15 minutes early.  
  • Students may only audition once during a school year.
  • Students who are not accepted to SCPA may re-apply and audition again the following academic year. 

Upcoming Audition Dates:

 Saturday October 11th, 2014 – Auditions for New Students Entering Grades 4-12.  This audition date is for in-district students only.  A confirmed audition time will be sent to you after we have received all completed paperwork.  We must receive your complete application and all supporting materials no later than Friday September 26th at 5:00pm in order for you to be scheduled for the October 11th audition date. 

 Saturday November 15th, 2014 – Auditions for New Students Entering Grades 4-12.  This audition date is for in-district students only.  A confirmed audition time will be sent to you after we have received all completed paperwork.  We must receive your complete application and all supporting materials no later than Friday October 31st at 5:00pm in order for you to be scheduled for the November 15th audition date. 

Saturday January 31st, 2015 – Auditions for New Students Entering Grades 4-12.  This audition date is for in-district students only.  A confirmed audition time will be sent to you after we have received all completed paperwork.  We must receive your complete application and all supporting materials no later than Friday January 16th at 5:00pm in order for you to be scheduled for the January 31st audition date.   

Saturday March 14th, 2015 – Auditions for New Students Entering Grades 4-12.  This audition date is for in-district students only.   A confirmed audition time will be sent to you after we have received all completed paperwork.  We must receive your complete application and all supporting materials no later than Friday February 27th at 5:00pm in order for you to be scheduled for the March 14th audition date. 

Saturday April 18th, 2015 – Auditions for New Students Entering Grades 4-12.  This audition date is for out-of-district students only.   This will be the only audition for students residing outside of the Cincinnati Public School District. A confirmed audition time will be sent to you after we have received all completed paperwork.  Out of district applications and supporting material will be accepted beginning February 2nd 2015.  We must receive your complete application and all supporting materials no later than Friday April 3rd at 5:00pm in order for you to be scheduled for the

April 18th audition date.  No exceptions.  

 

AUDITIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 4-12 (CPS In-District Students ONLY)

Saturday, October 11th  9am – 12pm

Saturday, November 15th 9am – 12pm

Saturday, January 31st 9am – 12pm

Saturday, March 14th  9am – 12pm

These audition dates are for students who currently reside in the Cincinnati Public School District ONLY.

 

AUDITIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 4-12 (Out of District Students ONLY)
Saturday, April 18th   9am-12pm 

This audtion date is for students living outside of the Cincinnati Public School District ONLY.


SCPA ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES K, 1, 2, 3

For students entering grades K-3, a completed application and interview are required to be considered for admission.  The SCPA application form is available on line and at SCPA.  Parents are required to complete the application and provide all requested documentation and return everything to SCPA by the posted deadlines. Please review the Admissions Procedures Packet before applying.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

For the K-3 Admission Procedures Packet for 2015-2016 School Year Click Here

For the K-3 Early (Siblings) Application for 2015-2016 School Year October 6-17 Click Here 

The  K-3 Regular Magnet Application will be available soon! 


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