Apply to NMSA!

New Mexico’s Public High School for the Arts

STEP 1: Application & Recommendation

After a student has decided to apply, they should complete and submit the application form, 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.

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.

Contact Admissions

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

Admissions at NMSA

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.