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New Mexico School for the Arts

Apply to NMSA!

New Mexico's Public High School for the Arts

APPLICATION

We are now accepting APPLICATIONS for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Application Process

Introduction

Currently, New Mexico School for the Arts accepts approximately 80 students in 9th grade, and a limited number of positions may be available in the 10th and 11th grades, depending on enrollment levels. Seniors are currently considered on a case-by-case basis. Inquire for more information.  

Many students begin the application process by participating in a Backstage Pass. This is not mandatory, but gives prospective students an opportunity to spend some time in their arts discipline of choice. Backstage Pass participants must be in the 8th grade or above. Backstage Passes are scheduled between October and February, in advance of the application deadline. NMSA also holds monthly, one-hour tours and two Open Houses during this period (one in the Fall, and another in the Winter) to provide prospective students and families with additional insight. 

Please fill out our Inquire Now form to request a Backstage Pass or to RSVP for one of our monthly tours. Please contact Director of Admissions Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or 505.629.9245 with any questions.

Who Should Apply?

Students currently in the 8th, 9th or 10th grades who are passionate about their art and eager to meet the challenges of a professional arts mastery education are excellent candidates for NMSA. Professional training in the arts prior to entering NMSA is NOT required. Students are admitted based on their Passion, Promise and Aptitude in the Arts. Furthermore, NMSA does not factor a student’s academic background in the application process. Students attending NMSA should come prepared to participate in extended-day education requirements that may include rehearsals, performances, and/or other physically demanding commitments. 

Home-schooled students are welcome to apply. They will need to provide appropriate documentation of their completed grade level and comply with state or national testing necessary to assist with placement.

All prospective students must be residents of the state of New Mexico and be able to prove residency for at least 30 days prior to the first day of school. NMSA actively seeks statewide representation in its student body and offers a Residential Program for students who live too far from Santa Fe for a reasonable daily commute.

*Please note that misrepresentation of an incoming student’s grade level and/or state residency is cause for being denied acceptance.

STEP 1: Application & Recommendation

After a student has decided to apply, they should complete and submit the application form, which includes a written essay, and then secure a letter of recommendation from a teacher, arts instructor or other community member or leader who is familiar with the student’s art. 

For questions, please contact Director of Admissions Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or 505.629.9245.  

STEP 2: Audition/Portfolio Review

Once the NMSA Office of Admissions has received these, the student will be notified by email of the day and time of their individual audition/portfolio review and interview. Auditions are generally held in late February in Santa Fe. Applicants for whom travel costs would pose financial hardship can email the office to apply for financial assistance.

STEP 3: Acceptance

Acceptance letters are mailed in March. Students accepted to NMSA must inform the school of their intent to enroll, and are required to take academic placement tests to ensure they are placed in the appropriate classes. After acceptance, students who live too far for a reasonable daily commute can also submit an application to the NMSA Residential Program.

Important Dates

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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Oct 07

Welcome Wednesday Virtual Tour

October 7 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nov 11

Welcome Wednesday Virtual Tour

November 11 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dec 09

Welcome Wednesday Virtual Tour

December 9 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jan 13

Welcome Wednesday Virtual Tour

January 13, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Application

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Submit Application

Filling out and submitting your application form and personal written essay are the first steps in the NMSA application process, which is open to students in the 8th, 9th or 10th grades.

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Submit Recommendation

As part of the application process, prospective students must request a letter of recommendation from a teacher, arts instructor or other community leader who is familiar with the student’s art.

Next Steps…

Attend Audition / Submit Portfolio

Once the school receives your application and letter of recommendation, you will be notified by email with your individual audition time and instructions. Auditions are held in late February.

Residential program

After a student has been accepted to NMSA, those who live too far for a reasonable daily commute can apply to live in the school dorms.

Audition Workshops

Led by its Office of Admissions, in conjunction with the NMSA arts departments, NMSA offers twice-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. The workshop requires a reservation. Open to prospective students. See important dates for more details.

Please contact our Director of Admissions Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or 505-629-9245  with any questions.

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

Welcome Wednesdays

Join our Director of Admissions for a virtual tour of our campus as well as a Q & A session to follow. Please come prepared to share your student's name, grade level for the fall of 2021, and arts discipline of interest. 

You may choose from one of five Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Events being offered this year. You must choose a date to sign up to receive login information. 

(Max capacity: 30 participants) 

You must RSVP to our Welcome Wednesday Tours.

Application Workshops

This workshop, led by the NMSA admissions team, is designed for students who need help filling out and submitting their application. 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. See ‘Important dates’ for more details.

Please contact our Director of Admissions Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or 505-629-9245  with any questions.

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

Director of Admissions

Email
505.629.9245

*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 "Backstage Pass" to attend the program/arts discipline of their choosing with a current student.

Non-discrimination Policy

NMSA admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference, culture, and religion or with any disability to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. NMSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference, culture, disability, and religion in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, arts and other programs.