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Thank you for your interest in Oakland School for the Arts! 
 
School Year 2021-2022 Admissions Process Update for incoming 8-12th grade students:
 
Due to the ongoing global pandemic caused by COVID-19, all audition events will be held virtually. Applicants will receive the audition date, time, and details including zoom links via email during the week of January 17. If you have not received this information by January 24, please email.

All portfolios and video submissions must be received at least one day before the applicant’s audition. You can upload your submissions here on our Audition Portal page. Click on your department and upload/email your submission to the given address.  Do not submit portfolios and videos to any other email address. 
 
Our audition date for grades 8-12 is February 5th, 2022
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 academic history, academic preparation, citizenship, color, creed, English proficiency, ethnicity, disability, gender expression, gender, home language, home living situation, immigration status, learning differences, national origin, parental/guardian marital status, political affiliation, race, religious or spiritual practice, or sexual orientation.
 

2022-23 School Year Applications for 6th and 7th grade have been extended - deadline is now February 18, 2022!

  • Please note that OSA is phasing out auditions over the next five years. Incoming 6th and 7th graders are entered through a lottery system without auditions. The deadline to apply is February 4, 2022. Applications received by this deadline will be included in our public lottery on February 18th. Results will not be announced on this day.
  • On Thursday March 10, 2022 you will see your charter school lottery results in your online student dashboard, and at that time you can accept or decline your offer. Please note that this is applicable for those applying to OSA for grades 6 & 7 only. For other grades, please keep reading below.

2022-23 School Year Applications for 8-12th Grade are now closed. The deadline was December 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Information about location and audition time will be sent two weeks before the audition.