PLEASE READ "The Audition Process: Step by Step" FIRST to better understand the FAQS!
Many of the answers do not apply during the summer months, as the Opportunity Lottery is the final lottery for the 2017-18 school year.
Q: IS THERE STILL SPACE?
A. It depends on your child's grade and major. We expect to have space in 8th, 11th, 12th grade. It is possible we will have a few spots in 6th grade.
Q. I am new to CMS (or my child is not in a CMS school now,) what do I need to do?
A. Visit the CMS Student Placement site to see how to future-enroll your child in CMS schools. If your child was previously in CMS, but is now in a charter school, etc...you must complete this process, even if you have an old ID number. A CMS ID number is required before we can schedule an audition, OR we will also accept a stamped receipt from the CMS Student Placement office as proof of enrollment. If you submit the receipt, once the number is issued it will be your responsibility to get the CMS ID number to the Audition Coordinator before the lottery runs.
Q. How do I get my child an audition at NWSA?
A. You must complete the steps to the left, outlined in The Audition Process, Step by Step. If you are new or returning to CMS Schools this will involve an extra step enrolling with CMS Student Placement.
Q. How does the Magnet Lottery work for NWSA?
A. Students must pass an audition in order to be eligible to be placed at NWSA. The parent must enter the child in the CMS School Options Lottery on-line through Student Placement AND an audition must be passed before the next lottery runs. There are several lotteries. See the Student Placement website for lottery details, as well as Key lottery dates. Questions about the actual lottery and how it works should be directed to Student Placement or the Magnet Office.
Q. What are your school hours and how will my child get to the school?
A. NWSA has county-wide transportation. All families are eligible for a "common neighborhood bus stop." Some areas will also have a "shuttle stop," as an option, which may be further from the home but could shorten the overall bus ride (families who choose this option would be responsible for getting their child to the shuttle.) . Our school starts at 9:15 am and dismisses at 4:15 pm. Students who carpool should not be dropped off before 8:45 or picked up after 4:30, unless there is an after school rehearsal, etc....
Here is an interesting map to show where our students live:
Q. What are my child’s chances of passing the audition?
A. Every student is different so it is impossible to answer that question. One way to determine if your child is capable of passing is to show them the audition requirements. If they are comfortable doing what is listed and are familiar with the terminology and what is required, it is an indicator that they could have a successful audition. You can also ask a teacher who is familiar with your child in that arts area and perhaps they can give you their opinion. Preparation and the ability to follow instructions is also very important factor for successful auditions, as students at our school need to do that every day.
Q. What if my child is placed on the waiting list for NWSA in the CMS Magnet School Lottery?
A. We do call people from our wait lists. This happens at the end of the school year and over the summer, as we learn who will not be returning. We will also call students from our wait list during the first 20 days of school when students are more likely to leave our school, usually due to transportation issues. If you have any questions re. the lottery and wait list, please contact Student Placement, as they are much more knowledgeable about how the lottery works.
Q. Once my child is in, do they get to stay at NWSA?
A. Students must be passing their arts classes in order to stay at NWSA. Students must have a C average in academic classes in order to perform at NWSA and participate in field trips, etc...related to their arts classes.
Also, Middle School students MUST pass an audition in 8th grade in order to stay at NWSA for High School. There is not a guarantee that a student will pass their 8th grade audition. Students from inside and outside of NWSA have to pass the same audition. The audition is purely based on the portfolio review or audition score, and class grades/performance plays no role in whether or not the student passes. Current Middle School students at NWSA are advised to focus on improving their skills and getting feedback from teachers in middle school in order to pass the more challenging high school audition. Even new 8th grade students who just passed an audition for admittance will still have to audition for 9th grade.
Q. What kind of classes are taught at NWSA?
A. We used the same curriculum for core classes as other CMS schools (yes, you still have to take Math, English, Science and Social Studies!) We have standard, honors and AP classes. We are proud of our academics, and our scores are on the rise! We had a 100 percent graduation rate in 2016, and rates of 96 and 97 percent the years before.
Q. Any tips?
A. Click here for some common sense "tips" for auditions!