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Visual & Performing Arts

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 RequirementsAll 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:  

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.

Special Features

  • Offers in-depth community collaborations with major arts and educational institutions in the Charlotte area, including: The Bechtler Museum,Charlotte Symphony, Children’s Theatre, Community School of the Arts, Discovery place, Gantt Center for African-American Culture and Art, The Light Factory, The McColl Center for Visual Art, The Mint Museums, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, North Carolina Dance Theatre, North Carolina Music Factory, Opera Carolina, Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County @ ImaginOn, and Theatre Charlotte
  • Encourages increased integrated, cross-curricular lessons based on Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences research at the elementary level in all areas of the arts: dance, theatre, music, and visual art
  • Provides a unique sequential (7 consecutive years, grades 6-12) secondary education that includes rigorous, intensive instruction in the arts at a pre-professional level
  • Includes visiting artists, guest speakers, and performance opportunities at all levels

Is This Program a Good Fit for Your Child?

School(s) offering this Magnet Program for the 2012-2013 School Year:

School Program #
First Ward Creative Arts 240
Northwest School of the Arts  243
University Park Creative Arts Academy 241

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Visual & Performing Arts
Transportation/Feeder Chart
Transportation Zone Elementary Middle High
Blue (Southwest) First Ward Northwest (9) Northwest (9)
Green (Southeast) First Ward Northwest (9) Northwest (9)
Grey (Central) University Park Northwest (9) Northwest (9)
Violet (North) University Park Northwest (9) Northwest (9)

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