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.
NMSA accepts applications for incoming students from across the state through an annual audition and portfolio admissions process in one of the school’s five core arts disciplines, including Visual Arts, Theatre, Creative Writing & Literature, Music (Vocal and Instrumental), and Dance. Students will fill out an application, submit a letter of recommendation, and submit an essay (essay question: How would you describe yourself to someone that does not know you?). Once your application is submitted, you will participate in a portfolio review and audition process. Admission to NMSA is based solely on an arts audition or portfolio review- no academic criteria are used.
NMSA’s annual application period for the following school year opens between mid-August, and closes on February 5th.
*Please note that misrepresentation of an incoming student’s grade level and/or state residency is cause for being denied acceptance.