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Frequently Asked Questions

When can my child join Texas School of the Arts?

Open Enrollment for an upcoming school year begins the 2nd Wednesday in January and runs approximately 30 days. If you want to join TeSA within the current school year, private auditions may be scheduled for grade specific openings.

Open Enrollment for 2021-2022 runs January 13 – February 15, 2021.

Does my student have to audition to be accepted?

Yes, all students are required to audition and meet the requirements for acceptance.

Where do I find admissions and audition information?

You will find everything you need to know on our Admissions Page.

What fine arts are offered for auditions ?

Students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd-grade audition in all four fine art areas: Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance and Music.

Grades 3 through 6 must audition in one of the following areas: Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, and Music but have the option to audition in a second area, if they choose.

What is required of my student during an audition?

Requirements for each grade level and fine art can be found on our Admissions Page.

We also offer optional, but highly encouraged, Audition Workshops in November and January each year.

When will audition results be released?

Results from auditions within our Open Enrollment period are typically mailed the third week of March.

Results from previously scheduled auditions throughout the school year are typically mailed within two weeks of the audition.

If my child gets into TeSA, do they need to re-audition each year?

No, your child does not have to re-audition each year.

What are the average class sizes at TeSA?

Class size ranges from 18-24 students per homeroom class.

How many openings do you have each year and how many people apply?

This varies greatly from year-to-year and grade-to-grade. Openings depend on current students’ enrollment decisions.

The number of auditioning applicants also varies; therefore, we are not able to provide consistent data on that topic.

What curriculum does TeSA use?

Although we specialize in fine arts, we put a premium on a high-quality education. The curriculum at TeSA is locally developed and TEKS-based. It is aligned throughout grade levels and is open to individual teacher creativity in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to integrate aspects of the arts into academic courses.

Does TeSA have a special education program?

Yes. We are a public school and, as such, provide special services for qualifying students.

Does TeSA participate in state testing?

Yes. As a public school, all students participate in the STAAR system, as well as all required early childhood literacy screenings.

What time is the school day?

Our day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:45 pm. This is a longer school day than most area schools in order to accommodate additional fine arts in our students’ school day.

Is there tuition?

No. As a public charter school there is no charge for students to attend.

Do you charge activity fees?

No, TeSA does not charge activity fees. However, families are required to purchase a school uniform, PE/Dance uniform, and general school supplies.

Does TeSA have a uniform requirement?

Yes. All uniforms must be purchased at our preferred vendor, Flynn O’Hara or through the PTO-run TeSA Uniform Resale Page on Facebook. More details can be found in our Student Handbook.

Does TeSA provide transportation?

No, transportation is the parent’s responsibility. Each year, our PTO works to provide opportunities for parents to connect with carpools.