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

Please follow the instructions below:

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.  We will call if we are not able to reach you via email. 


Passing an audition is no guarantee of placement at NWSA. All of the above is based on space availability by grade and by major and is subject to change.

NOTE: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is moving to what are known as "Express Stops" in the coming academic year, a move that will effect transportation among most magnet schools, including Northwest. This will coincide with a revision to the current bell schedule. Beginning with the new school year this coming August (2023-2024), students enrolled at Northwest School of the Arts will have a 7:15am-2:15pm bell schedule. Moreover, the majority of students participating in a magnet program, including those at Northwest, will be able to catch their bus to school at what is known as an "Express Stop" that will provide direct service to their magnet school of choice.

Thank you for your interest in our school!

The CMS School Choice Lottery is the way most students are admitted to our school after a passed audition.  The lottery period is ending and we are now planning for "Spring" Auditions to place students at the school.  If your child has not yet been scheduled, the Spring audition information dates/deadlines will apply to them.

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.  

*Attention parents of current 8th grade students at NWSA, please read the 8th Grade Continuation Handout for details on a major continuation change for current 8th  grade students who wish to continue for High school.

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 tour!

Best of luck and "break a leg"!  

Ka'Shara Davis,

NWSA Audition Coordinator 

Phone: (980) 343-5500 

Below you can find additional links to learn more about NWSA!