AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to Auditions for the 2022-23 school year!

9/12/2022

Hello thank you for your interest in NWSA!

Please visit our homepage, where you will find the Online Audition Request Form, as well as Audition Requirements.

We have space in the following grades as of now.

    • 6th, 7th,8th, 11th , 12th have the most space, 9th and 10th has a wait list.

*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 in time for the first lottery.

Please feel to reach out if you have any questions! We would love for child to join this artistic family!


This page is ONLY for families with students who have an audition appointment OR who have already completed auditions. Visit the homepage and submit an audition request form as soon as your child decides to audition. Read your child’s Audition Requirements carefully so they can prepare for their audition/portfolio review. 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. Audition requests are scheduled in order received. The CMS lottery is the way most students are admitted to our school after a passed audition. All students who attend NWSA must first pass an audition. Please submit an audition request no later than the published audition request deadline.


2/4/2022

Hello from NWSA!

IMPORTANT: We fill our school with students who pass auditions and who enter the lottery. The last lottery has just run. Since we do not have lottery results, we are unsure of available space. We are most likely to have room in grades 6, 9, 11,12 and some in 8th. Spaces in 7th and 10th will depend on how many students leave the school after the end of the year.

If we have a lottery wait list for a grade/major, your child would be placed at NWSA only after wait-listed students are placed. We will go by date stamp on the audition request to fill spots for students who pass auditions in February.

We cannot guarantee a spot for any student, but we do think it is probably "worth it" for any interested student to audition at this point (February), because we do lose students if they move or change their minds. We can't guarantee we will have space in your area, but there is a reasonable chance we will, it will just depend on how many students stay here (and how many are allowed to return.) 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.

If you are inquiring about our auditions for the 2022-23 school year, please visit the auditions website nwsaauditions.com as soon as possible, complete the Audition Request Form to schedule the audition, and begin preparing using the audition requirements also found on the auditions website.

We will reach out to you to schedule the audition shortly.

Thank you!

11/3/2021

ARTS ALIVE! November 16th at 6:30-8:00pm

Northwest School of the Arts (NWSA) is proud to present Arts Alive!, an open-house recruiting event for prospective families being held on the campus of NWSA at 1415 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC on November 16th at 6:30pm.

Mecklenburg residents interested in learning about CMS’ only secondary visual and performing arts magnet school will have the opportunity to witness all of NWSA’s arts programs in real time during this event as students and staff perform and create from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in their classrooms. From 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, prospective families will have the opportunity to ask questions of these students and staff. Highlights during Arts Alive! include NWSA’s award-winning performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the LaBorde Theatre and a full dress rehearsal of the Middle School Musical, Once On This Island, in the Auditorium.

NWSA is a CMS Magnet School that provides specialized arts instruction for students in grades 6-12. Well known for the arts, the school has also become a place of inspiring academic success. NWSA is currently scheduling auditions for the 2022/23 school year. Students must pass an audition in order to participate in the CMS School Options Lottery for a seat at NWSA. For audition information, including requirements and how to request an audition, visit nwsaauditions.com.

CMS offers choices! In addition to the guaranteed seat at your neighborhood school, CMS School Choice offers magnet, theme-based learning experiences. To apply for a seat at one of CMS’ magnet schools for the 2022-23 school year, families must participate in the upcoming School Choice lottery. Families who are new to CMS must first complete the future enrollment process. Information: https://cmschoice.org/enrollment-lottery/

8/3/2021

We are pleased to welcome prospective families to campus for in-person daytime school tours. Visit the Tours and Information Session page to sign up today!!

8/1/2021

NEW FAMILIES WITH STUDENTS PLACED AT NWSA: In August the school will send out a new student packet with information about NWSA, PTO and Booster organizations. If you have not already registered for your students classes, please reach out to you grade level counselor. Counselors will be available to register your student. In August, Open House and Curriculum nights will be posted on the school calendar https://bit.ly/3oa1Mxu.

4/1/2021


Thank you for your interest in NWSA!

FYI,

  • Students who pass auditions in April will be placed when/if openings occur in their grade/major.

  • Student who pass in April will be placed (when/if we have openings) after any student on the lottery wait list.

  • We cannot guarantee that students who audition now will be placed here. However, students will leave for a variety of reasons between now and the start school year, so it is probably worth auditioning. The grades where we currently expect to have the most spaces are 6, 11, 12 and some in 9. Spaces in 8th and 10th will depend on how many students leave the school after the end of the year.

ALSO,

If your child passes their audition you will be notified when/if we have room for them.

Please do not enter a transfer request with CMS unless we instruct you to do so. If you enter and we don't have room, we have to deny your request, and it complicates the process if we have room shortly after.

3/24/2021

Thank you for your interest in NWSA!


IMPORTANT: We fill our school with students who pass auditions and who enter one of two lotteries. The last lottery for 21-22 school year has just run and we have received out lottery numbers. We are going full forward with auditions for all grades with emphasis on 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th & 12th. Spaces in 8th and 10th will depend on how many students leave the school after the end of the year.


If we have a lottery wait list for a grade/major, your child would be placed at NWSA only after wait-listed students are placed. We will go by date stamp on the audition request to fill spots for students who pass auditions through March.


We cannot guarantee a spot for any student, but we do think it is probably "worth it" for any interested student to audition at this point (March), because we do lose students if they move or change their minds.

1/5/2020

Round 1 Lottery has closed.

Round 2 of the lottery will be open every day between January 25 and February 5, from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Lottery results will be mailed to all families who participated in the lottery within a few weeks after the lottery closes.

To Learn more about how the lottery works, check out the Magnet Office's Lottery presentation below:

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!

21-22 School Choice Lottery Presentation (Video)

11/2/2020

Please join us via Zoom to learn more about Northwest School of the Arts! NWSA is an arts magnet school serving 6-12 graders in the CMS school zone. NWSA has the same core curriculum as CMS Schools, but students are able to specialize or "major" in their chosen arts area. A passed audition is required, and students must also enter the CMS School Options lottery. There will be brief presentations to share information about our academics, arts, and the audition process. Following the presentation there will be a Q and A session.

Virtual Information Session for Prospective Families THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 AT 5 – 6 PM

Sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C45AFA729A3FD0-nwsa5

NWSA Virtual Information Session For Spanish Speakers THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 AT 6– 7 PM

Sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45afa729a3fd0-nwsa6

10/6/2020

CALL TO AUDITION. Auditions for the 2021-22 School Year will start soon and we are now accepting audition requests! Visit nwsaauditions.com for audition dates, requirements, and audition request form. An audition must be passed in order to be eligible for the CMS School Choice Lottery.

9/11/2020

The auditions website is now LIVE and we are now accepting audition requests for the 2021-2022 school year! Next Wednesday, September 16th we will meet with 8th grade students during SEL block to discuss auditions. If your child is absent this day and have any questions, they should email Ms. Davis at nwsa.auditions@cms.k12.nc.us. We will have information for auditions for the 8th grade for our upcoming Curriculum Night Tuesday, September 22nd. The "take away" message for 8th grade families is that all students must audition during the first lottery period in order to stay at NWSA for 9th grade. Designated 8th grade dates and deadlines can be found on the website under “dates and deadline.” 8th graders new to NWSA this year still must audition, but we will ask that they audition later December in order to have a little more experience at the school. More information will be sent home this week with students. Please visit nwsaauditions.com for more information!

7/24/2020

We are VERY low in enrollment in our 6th, 11th & 12th grades. We are opening-up the audition process and will conduct auditions virtually. Visit the homepage for more information on how to request an audition today!

5/13/2020

Deadline for Audition Requests May 15th

We are still auditioning for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Please complete an audition request as soon as possible.The deadline to submit your application is May 15th, 2020 to be guaranteed an audition!! Please visit nwsaauditions.com to request an audition and for audition requirements! 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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Audition Coordinator Ms. KaShara Davis at nwsa.auditions@cms.k12.nc.us

Thank you and good luck with your auditions!


4/23/2020

Don't let COVID-19 get in the way of pursuing your dreams at Northwest School of the Arts!

Join us live from the safety of your home for an informative session on April 24th at 11am. Not able to make it? Register anyway to receive notice when the recording is published!

Hear from our Arts Director, Auditions Coordinator, 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!

REGISTER TODAY and stay in the loop!

4/23/2020

The deadline to submit your applications for the 2020-21 school year is May 15, 2020 to be guaranteed an audition!!

4/14/2020

Hello thank you for your interest in NWSA!

Please visit our homepage, where you will find the Online Audition Request Form, as well as Audition Requirements.

We have space in the following grades as of now. We encourage interested students to audition in April/May Auditions.

    • 6th, 9th, 11th , 12th have the most space, 8th and 10th have no wait list, 7th has a wait list

Auditioning for more than one area?

***Please Note: If the student is in Middle School they will only be able to major in classes in one area. If they are in High School they are able to double major. This is just due to fewer openings in middle school in the daily schedule.)

If you are interested you need please complete an audition request as soon as possible. The deadline to submit is May 29, 2020.

*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 in time for the first lottery.

Please feel to reach out if you have any questions! We would love for child to join this artistic family!

4/8/2020

Hello! My name is KaShara Davis and I'm the new Audition Coordinator at Northwest School of the Arts! I am thrilled to be a part of such an Amazing place for our creative students! With all that is going on in the world, things can seem a bit uncertain. Please feel free to contact me at nwsa.audition@cms.k12.nc.us should you have any questions or concerns about our audition process.

Thank you and may your families be safe!

Sincerely, KaShara Davis