Northwest School of the Arts is the only public arts magnet school serving students in grades 6-12 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District and is ranked #2 Best High Schools for the Arts in North Carolina. NWSA combines a strong academic foundation with concentrated study of the visual or performing arts. Students choose to major in Band, Chorus, Costume Design, Dance, Musical Theatre, Orchestra, Piano, Theatre, Technical Theatre, or Visual Arts. High school students can have more than one major.

Northwest is highly ranked among CMS schools for academic success and is known both nationwide and internationally for the quality of its arts programs.


NWSA is a diverse community of dedicated student artists from all over Mecklenburg County. In addition to engagement in core studies and the arts, students enjoy connecting with talented peers in a dynamic, pro-caring learning environment.

In April we hosted our first ever virtual live recruiting event! In the recording (above) 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!

Thank you for your interest in NWSA!

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NWSA Master Calendar of Events

This is for information only, and lists internal auditions and many activities not open to the public. DO NOT USE THIS CALENDAR FOR AUDITION SCHEDULING. SEE DATES/DEADLINES AT AUDITION TAB