The Application Period for the 2023-24 School Year is Now Open.
Campus Tours & Open House Events
Oakland School for the Arts is inviting parents and prospective students to join us on the following dates:
November 17, 2022 5-7 pm
December 15, 2022 5-7 pm
In response to an unexpectedly high level of interest and concerns around flu/covid/etc. we are moving Thursday’s open house to an online format. Please join us at 5pm on Thursday *on zoom* to learn more about OSA’s program and be introduced to members of our leadership team. We will be coordinating an open house for interested families to visit the campus in January. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
OSA is phasing out auditions. Incoming middle school students are entered through a lottery system without auditions.
Applications for all incoming middle school students will be available through the Oakland Enrolls charter school online application platform.
For incoming 9th-12th graders only:
The Application Submission Window for the 2023-24 School Year is October 24, 2022 - December 17, 2022
Students moving into 9-12th grade are entered into OSA's enrollment lottery based on an audition. The audition is designed to identify students with demonstrated interest, aptitude and potential in one of ten art forms. The audition evaluates artistic skill & potential; academic grades are not a factor.
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 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:
OSA Student Center, Main Campus
Tentative Date to Mail Results for 2023-24 Auditions:
Results will be mailed out the second week of March 2023