Admission

To New Mexico's Only Public, Statewide High School for the Arts

ADMISSION

To New Mexico’s Only Public, Statewide High School for the Arts

Application for 2019-20 SY is Open

The New Mexico School for the Arts offers passionate young artists throughout New Mexico access to an award-winning, professional arts and academic program, and we’re excited that you are interested in joining our dynamic, driven, creative community!

NMSA accepts applications for incoming 9th, 10th and 11th grade students from across the state through an annual competitive audition and portfolio admissions process in one of the school’s four core arts disciplines, including Visual Arts, Theatre, Music (Vocal, Jazz and Instrumental) and Dance. Admission to NMSA is based solely on an arts audition or portfolio review- no academic criteria are used. 

NMSA’s annual application period for the following school year opens between mid-August and early September, and closes in early February. Check back frequently for exact dates.

Application for 2019-20 SY is Open

Arts Mastery Training

Rigorous Academics

Residential Program

Community Outreach

Audition Workshops

Led by its Office of Admissions, in conjunction with the NMSA arts departments, NMSA offers once-yearly Audition Workshops geared to students who have already applied to NMSA so they can better prepare for the audition/portfolio review process and interview.  Reservation required.

Please contact our Dean of Enrollment Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or
505-629-9245

Check the Admissions ‘Important Dates’ on the right side column for upcoming workshops.

Welcome Wednesdays

Welcome Wednesday Tours are held for prospective students and parents between the months of October and February. These walking tours, led by the admissions team, are around an hour long, and conducted during the afternoon arts block, so students and parents can get a sense of the daily arts instruction. They conclude with a Q&A. Participants must arrive promptly at 3 p.m. in the NMSA lobby.

You must RSVP to our Welcome Wednesday Tours.
Please contact our Dean of Enrollment Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or 505-629-9245.  

Application Workshops

This workshop, led by the NMSA admissions team, is designed for students who need help filling out and submitting their application, and includes computer access. The admissions team will walk students through the process and enable them to submit their applications digitally. The workshop is scheduled once yearly, in advance of the application deadline, and requires a reservation. Open to students and guardians.

Please contact our Dean of Enrollment Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or
505-629-9245

Check the Admissions ‘Important Dates’ on the right side column for upcoming workshops.

Residential Program

Committed to making the school’s arts and academics programming accessible to all qualified young artists across the state, NMSA offers students who live too far away for a daily commute the option to board at the school dormitories Monday through Friday.

Students can apply to the Residential Program once they are accepted to the school. Financial assistance is available based on proven economic need and availability of funds, and students must reapply annually.

To learn more about the residential program, click here.

Contact

Francesca Rodriguez

Dean of Enrollment

*Please fill out our inquiry form and a member of our admissions team will reach out to you shortly. Prospective students may also request a “Shadow Day” to audit the program/discipline of their choosing with a current student.

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