How to Apply

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us in the Admissions Office with any questions.

Important Deadlines

2024-2025 Priority Applicants: Applicants must complete the entire admissions process by February 12, 2024. We have provided deadlines for each step of the process below to help keep you on track.

2024-2025 Rolling Applicants: Applicants who complete the admissions process after February 12, 2024 will be considered for admission and tuition assistance on a case-by-case basis after all priority applicants have been assessed and as space remains available in each arts department.

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Priority Deadline: January 5, 2024

The application consists of the following sections:

  • Student and Family Information Form

  • Preliminary audition for one of six arts departments

  • Application Fee: $89 for rising 9th graders, $150 for rising 10th and 11th graders as well as international students. (The Academy does not admit rising 12th graders.)

Step 2: Live Audition & Academic Review

Students who pass their preliminary auditions will be invited to attend a live audition and submit their Academic Review Paperwork. All auditions will be in person, however, virtual auditions are available upon request for all out-of-state and international students. 

  • Live Audition Day on January 27, 2024

    All priority applicants must complete Step 1 by January 5 to be considered for this audition date.

Academic Review Paperwork

Priority Deadline: February 12, 2024

  • Parent/Guardian interview

  • If applicable: any additional documentation (IEP, 504 Plan, neuropsychological evaluation, etc.)

Admissions Notifications

Priority Decisions Sent: March 1, 2024
Priority Decisions Reply: March 11, 2024

Rolling decisions are sent out as we are able to process each application. Replies are requested within 10 days of contract received.

Apply for Tuition Assistance

Priority Deadline: January 5, 2024
Families interested in tuition assistance (including Daniel Murphy and HFS scholars) should fill out an application in FACTS and Empower IL. International students and students applying for mid-year transfer are not eligible for tuition assistance at this time. Please click here to learn more.

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