Admissions Overview

New Mexico’s Only Public High School for the Arts

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2022-23 Admissions

We are now accepting rolling applications for 9th grade in Creative Writing, Dance, and Theatre for the 2022-23 school year.  

New Mexico School for the Arts offers passionate young artists throughout New Mexico access to an award-winning, professional arts and academic program, and we’re excited that you are interested in joining our dynamic, driven, creative community!

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 and submit a letter of recommendation. 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.

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.

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.

Contact Admissions

Fred Graham, Admissions Coordinator
fred.graham@nmsa-ai.org | 505.629.9245 

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.

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.