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Oakland School for the Arts Enrollment Update  
      • The application deadline for Oakland School for the Arts for the 2023-2024 school year was February 3, 2023.
      • Oakland public charter school applications opened November 14, 2022 for the 2023-2024 school year. 
      • Applications received by the February 3, 2023 deadline will be included in our public lottery, held on February 27, 2023 9am. Your status will be uprated on the (Oakland Enrolls Schoolmint) student dashboard and at that time you can ACCEPT or DECLINE an offer.
      • The deadline to ACCEPT/DECLINE a charter school offer is March 23, 2023. If you do not accept by this date, your offer(s) will expire. Once you accept an offer, offers from other Oakland charter schools will be automatically declined. You can remain on waitlists but may only accept an offer at one school.    
      • If you miss the February 3, 2023 application deadline, you will still be able to submit an online application for the 2023-2024 school year. Charter school applications submitted after the February 3, 2023 deadline will be considered a Late Application - you will be placed on a waiting list at each of your selected schools, and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available. 
      • If you already attend Oakland School for the Arts, you do not need to apply to attend again next year. 
Oakland School for the Arts is a free, public school chartered by Oakland Unified School District. OSA does not discriminate in admissions on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, learning differences, ethnicity, national origin, gender/gender identity, home language, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual practice.
Auditions for the 2023-24 academic year will take place on February 4, 2023 for those who have submitted an application by the December 16, 2022 deadline.
OSA hosts one audition date for all those who have applied by our deadline. 
Applicants may audition for one or two arts programs. The audition is designed to identify students with demonstrated interest, aptitude and potential in one of ten art programs. The audition only evaluates artistic skill & potential; academic grades are not a factor. Applicants are evaluated based on a standard for each art program. Applicants are never evaluated against each other. Letters of recommendation are not accepted. Please read the Enrollment Process for more information.
OSA often has more applicants than available seats. When the number of applicants in a particular program exceeds the available seats at grade level, the students are selected based on OSA's enrollment lottery. Selection of students who are invited to enroll is determined by the lottery; no other factors are considered.
Auditions for the 2023-24 academic year will take place on February 4th, 2023 for those who have submitted an application by the December 16, 2022 deadline. Information about location and audition time will be sent two weeks before the audition. 
Audition appointment times will be emailed in advance to those who have submitted an application during the Application Submission Window of 
October 24, 2022- December 16, 2022.
Lottery Information
Lottery for incoming middle school applicants: 
All lotteries are held in early March. You will be notified of your results by text and/or e-mail. There are two possible outcomes: 
  • You could receive an offer, or
  • You could be placed on the school’s waitlist.
Lottery Date for 2023-24 Applicants who auditioned: Feb. 27, 2023, 9am.
Results will be mailed out the second week of March 2023