SCPA is the premier arts high school for the San Diego Unified School district. It is devoted to fostering excellence and interest in the arts. The audition process for entering SCPA at the high school level ensures that students enrolled are genuinely interested in the arts and have the passion and determination to make the most of the school’s unique training, encouragement, and support while balancing the demands of an academic and arts program.All prospective high school students are required to audition. Parents and/or students must complete an Open Enrollment application and sign up for an audition on the audition sign up page (the next tab). Please contact artistic director Richard Trujillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (619) 470-0555 ext. 2211 if you have any additional questions.
Middle school students do not audition but must complete and submit an Open Enrollment application to be considered for acceptance and will then be placed into a lottery system.
Preparing for the Audition
Each candidate is required to provide two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers(1 from an academics teacher and 1 from an arts teacher/coach), a headshot or small photograph (school photo or other individual snapshot is fine) and a resume or a list detailing previous arts training and experience (you may use the online resume template or you may pick one up from the SCPA Main Office). These materials will be collected at the check-in area on the day of the audition. Study the audition requirements for your area(s) of focus and prepare for your audition.Specific requirements and rubrics for each discipline are attached.
All prospective students must be prepared and on time for the audition. A make-up audition will be granted only in the case of an emergency. The parent/guardian of the auditioning student will be notified at that time of the single audition make-up date. Arrive early on audition day,appropriately dressed (see individual audition descriptions for requirements, if any), and make sure to bring all required materials including a pen or pencil for paperwork. Bring a lunch or snack and plan on being at SCPA for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Report to the check-in tables and submit your materials. Throughout the audition, we will betaking digital pictures and/or video for marketing and publicity purposes. A parent or guardian must be present at check-in to complete the Media Access Agreement and receive information about expectations of the school. After check-in, parents/guardians may wait in the library or return for the student at the end of the audition. Parents/Guardians are not allowed to view the audition.
THE WRITING COMPONENT: All prospective students will complete a Statement of Intent. The student will indicate area(s) of interest in the arts and answer a short essay question.
THE INTERVIEW: The group interview is a way for the panel to determine the candidate’s interest, desire, and goals for attending SCPA and allows prospective students to express themselves beyond the audition process professionally and enthusiastically.
THE ARTISTIC EVALUATION: In addition to the above, all prospective students will participate in an audition in at least one of the following arts disciplines: Dance, Theatre, Music, or Visual/Media Arts.
Students receiving special education services will, during their audition, be permitted to use any accommodations or modifications listed on the student’s current Individual Education Plan (IEP) or the student’s section 504 plan pertinent to the audition requirements. Upon receiving notification of the audition date, please inform the SCPA Audition Coordinator of the student’s IEP or section 504 plan.
Please choose the appropriate discipline to your left to learn more about the audition process.