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

It's not too late to audition for the 2020-21 school year! Summer auditions will be held August 2020 to fill any available seats. We have space in grades 6th, 11th, 12th as of now. We encourage interested students to audition.

Click the link below to complete the Audition Request Form and follow the audition instructions below!

Please Follow The Audition Process Below:

*New to or returning to CMS? Enrollment in CMS schools is required to request an audition. Once you enroll, you can submit the request, and your child should be able to audition.

1. Submit a Reassignment/Transfer Request Form for the 2020-21 school year.

    • You will be redirected to the form, after reading the information presented, select ENTER FORM.

    • You will need a CMS student ID and PIN, you will enter that information and the form will guide you through the next steps. (If your child is new to or returning to CMS they will not have an active CMS ID number and you must Enroll in CMS. )

    • Choose your area @NWSA

    • Under "reason" put "Transfer"

    • Continue through the form until you get to the confirmation page and email the confirmation number to .

2. Complete the online Audition Request Form.

  • If your child is currently in a CMS school be sure to include their CMS ID number on the Audition Request.

  • If your child is new to or returning to CMS (coming from charter, private, home school, out of state, etc...) they will not have an active CMS ID number. Instead you must Future Enroll the student in CMS Schools for 2020-21 school year. This is referred to as “future enrollment". Information on enrollment and deadlines can be found on the CMS Student Placement website. It's not a commitment to attend CMS as much as making it possible for the student to be placed here if they pass.

3. Read your child's Audition Requirements so they can prepare for their audition or portfolio review.(PARENTS! IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD'S AUDITION REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AUDITION)

4. Check your email for a message to schedule the audition. We will call if we are not able to reach you via email.

5. After your child's audition you will be emailed directions on how to obtain results and your next steps. Don't forget to print and sign the NWSA Magnet Compact Agreement for your records and scan and email documents to

*PLEASE NOTE: We only have a general idea now of our available space. So much can change between now and the start of the year that we recommend that if your child wants to attend NWSA that they audition. Please communicate this with your child so they have realistic expectations and understand that a spot at NWSA is not guaranteed, even if they pass their audition.

We have space in grades 6th, 11th , 12th as of now. We encourage interested students to audition.

Please feel free explore this website for more information about our school and audition requirements. Don't forget to visit the Audition Announcements page for updates on future audition opportunities!

Thank you for your interest in NWSA!

In April we hosted our first ever virtual live recruiting event! Below you will find the recording of the event and the slide show that covers information that you may need regarding applying for and attending Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC.

In the recording, you will hear from our Arts Director, Auditions Coordinator, one of our guidance counselors, and each of our Arts Departments on what it takes to be a successful student at Northwest, as well as the steps you need to follow to apply, audition, and what happens next. Get your questions answered and be inspired about your future!

Recording: Live Recruiting Event

NWSA Live Recruiting Event

Slide Deck from the Live Event