Designed to address students’ interests, skills, and abilities in the arts, this program enhances academic achievement and encourages excellence in the development of students’ special talents and passions for the arts. Students receive specialized studies in the visual arts, theatre arts, music, and dance. The arts are presented as an integral part of a strong academic program which addresses all areas of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.Entrance Requirements: All students applying to Northwest School of the Arts must submit a NWSA audition application and successfully participate in an audition or portfolio assessment prior to the end of the lottery application period. Late auditions will be conducted after this date on a space-available basis, and these students will become part of the established wait pool. An audition or portfolio assessment is also required for all current 5th and 8th grade Visual and Performing Arts students in order to continue to the next grade. Current 5th and 8th grade students who do not audition will be reassigned to the home school. The NWSA audition application and more information about placement auditions at Northwest School of the Arts are available at: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/northwestHS/Pages/AdmissionInformation.aspx. The only electives offered at Northwest School of the Arts are in the arts and CTE areas. Athletic programs and marching bands are not offered on site.
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