Thank you for your interest in Northwest School of the Arts! 

It's not too late to audition for the 2024-25 school year. Please complete the following steps below so we can get you scheduled for your audition:

1. Complete the Audition Request Form as soon as your child decides to audition. 

2. Read your child’s Audition Requirements carefully so they can prepare for their audition/portfolio review. 

3.Check audition Dates & Deadlines and your email weekly to schedule the audition.  


***New To Or Returning To CMS? For more information about enrolling your child, please visit CMS Enrollment Page

Tips for Navigating Auditions at Northwest School of the Arts

Hi there! In this video,we will walk you through the process of auditioning at Northwest School of the Arts for the 24-25 school year. We will also guide you through the process of completing a reassignment transfer request, show you where to find important information on our website, how to request an audition, and the steps to follow for a successful audition. Make sure to complete the Audition Request Form if you're interested in auditioning. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Let's get started!

Instructions for Completing a Reassignment Transfer Request

 In this video, I'll guide you through the process of navigating the CMS transfer/ reassignment application. I'll show you step-by-step how to access the homepage, find the registration page, and submit a transfer request. Pay attention to important details like selecting the correct school year and entering your child's program. Watch this video to easily navigate the CMS home webpage and complete your transfer request.

Thank you for your interest in our school!

WE ARE NWSA. One of the only magnet programs in Charlotte Mecklengburg School system that provides specialized arts instruction for students in grades 6-12. Northwest School of the Arts develops artists through intensive pre-professional training in the visual or performing arts, combined with a strong academic foundation. 

NWSA holds auditions for all students who wish to enroll.  The CMS School Choice Lottery is the way most students are admitted to our school after a passed audition. Students are offered admission based on  entering the CMS School Choice Lottery and after a passed audition. In the event there are more students who have auditioned than there are seats available, those students are placed on a waiting list for possible admission if a seat should become available. The CMS School Choice Lottery is the way most students are admitted to our school after a passed audition. We are now planning for "Fall" Auditions to place students at the school for the 2024-25 school year.  If your child has not yet been scheduled, the Fall audition information dates/deadlines will apply to them. Passing an audition during the lottery period provides the best chance to be placed at our school. Please be sure to pay attention to the Dates and Deadlines section.

Students at NWSA concentrate in arts areas, or "majors." Middle school students are only permitted to major in one arts area, even if they pass two auditions. High school students are able to major in more than one area.  The "Audition at NWSA" tab (above) contains an Audition Process Checklist to help you manage the process.  The checklist only covers essential steps, so please review the website entirely.   Follow the steps, observe dates and deadlines, and make sure your child prepares for their audition or portfolio review using the Audition Requirements! I'm available to answer questions after you have reviewed the information on this website.  Check out the other tabs on the menu above for lots of information about our school! We would also love for you to join us at an Information Session or Daytime School Tours!

Best of luck and "break a leg"!  

Ka'Shara Hall,

Arts Coordinator 

Phone: (980) 343-5500