The Application Period for the 2022-23 School Year is Now Open.
OSA is phasing out auditions over the next four years. Incoming 6th and 7th graders are entered through a lottery system without auditions. Applications for all incoming 6th and 7th graders will be available through the Oakland Enrolls charter school online application platform. The link will be available in mid-November.
For incoming 8th-12th graders only!
The Application Submission Window for the 2022-23 School Year is October 15, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Students moving into 8-12th 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 2022-23 academic year will take place on February 5, 2022 for those who have submitted an application by the December 17, 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 2022-22 academic year will take place on February 5th, 2022 for those who have submitted an application by the December 17, 2021 deadline. A back up date will be provided when the number of applications exceeds the number of available audition slots. 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 12, 2021- December 17, 2021.
Lottery for 6th and 7th grade 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:
1. you could receive an offer, or 2. you could be placed on the school’s waitlist.
Lottery Date for 2022-23 Applicants who auditioned:
OSA Student Center, Main Campus
Tentative Date to Mail Results for 2022-23 Auditions:
Results will be mailed out the second week of March 2022.
Campus Tours & Open House Events
To comply with CDC guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19, we will be unable to offer in-person Open House or School Tours this year. In their place, we invite you to explore our school through our website, and through our Virtual Open Houses.
Oakland School for the Arts is inviting parents and prospective students to join us on the following dates:
November 18, 2021
December 16, 2021
To sign up please go here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScf757ewGUo-Hx3HTGtLp9RfqzZp3AUhHsL9sHIJN8dsDu-QA/viewform