Ready to apply?

Thank you for your interest in applying to Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)! We are excited that you want to join our family!

Before beginning your online application, please make sure you have read our Admissions Overview page, and that you fully understand our Admissions Requirements. We also strongly encourage you to attend one of our Preview Days!

Still have questions? Check out our Admissions FAQ below.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact our admissions office at admissions@ocsarts.net or 714-560-0900, Ext. 5510.

Admissions FAQ

I submitted an application for my child last year. Do I need to submit a new student application for 2017-2018?

Yes, a new application and audition are required.

When is the best time to apply?

Interview/Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so applying as early as possible is advised. Interview/Auditions are held in January, February, and March. Generally, all audition space is filled by early February. Please submit your application as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee an audition for 2017-2018 applications received after midnight on January 15, 2017.

How much does it cost to attend?

Orange County School of the Arts is a tuition free, donation dependent public charter school. No student is admitted or denied based upon financial capacity. However, each school year we must raise more than $8 million to fund our arts conservatory programs, and we rely on parents and the community-at-large to help us reach this fundraising goal.

Can a student apply for more than one conservatory?

Yes, for the 2017-2018 school year, prospective students may apply to a maximum of two (2) arts conservatories or programs. The appropriate conservatory form must be submitted with the application, and the applicant must attend an interview/audition for each conservatory applied to in order to be considered for admission.

Is it possible to visit or to arrange a tour of your school?

Preview Days are held on the OCSA campus three times each year, typically on a Saturday in October, November, and January. During Preview Day, prospective students and families will receive an overview of the academic and arts conservatory programs and have the opportunity to meet with conservatory directors. For additional information, please visit our Preview Days page.

What is the best way to keep informed of admissions deadlines and events?

All of our admissions-related deadlines and events appear on our Master Calendar.

Are services available for special needs students?

Yes, applicants who have received or are currently receiving special services must submit appropriate documentation during the enrollment process. All special service information is confidential and will not be used as part of the OCSA audition process.

When can I apply, and what is the application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year?

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year were made available online beginning mid-November 2016. Please apply as soon as possible. No guarantee of an audition can be made for applications received after midnight on January 15, 2017.

Late applications received between January 16, 2017 and May 31, 2017 will only be scheduled into an audition if available. Generally, all audition space is full by early February and auditions conclude in March. Opportunities to audition in late spring or summer are rare and are only scheduled if there is a conservatory need. No applications will be accepted after May 31, 2017.

My child was "wait listed" last year. Do I need to submit a new student application for 2017-2018?

Yes, a new application and audition are required.

My child attends a school that does not give out grades. Is it necessary to provide a report card?

Yes, all applicants, including those who are currently attending home school or a school that does not have a traditional grading system, must submit the required grade reports, or the equivalent. Students in high school must submit a complete, current high school transcript, including progress grades. For detailed information, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.  Interview/auditions will not be scheduled for applications submitted without the required grade reports. 

How many students apply and how many are accepted each year?

We currently receive more than 2,000 applications annually, and we are projected to accept approximately 550 students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Do you accept students at mid-year?

Depending upon need, students can be accepted mid-year.  Mid-year offers of enrollment may be extended to applicants currently on the OCSA waitlist. 

Do you allow shadowing?

No, we are a closed campus and non-OCSA students may not visit classes at any time during the academic or conservatory day.

What level of ability is required to be considered for admission?

Please visit our Admissions Requirements page to get an idea of what is expected. The admissions process is competitive, and acceptance is primarily based upon the audition results.

My child is very talented, but struggles academically. Will OCSA be a good fit?

At OCSA, a rigorous, college-preparatory academic program is provided. While the school's faculty and staff are committed to support the learning of each and every student, the students themselves are expected to make a commitment to their academic as well as their conservatory classes. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 must be met each grading period.