TeSA Resources

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 if there is space in the desired grade level.

Open Enrollment for 2024-2025 will run January 12 – February 14th, 2024!

Does my student have to audition to be accepted?

Yes, all new 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 ?

Kindergarten through 5th grade audition in all four Fine Arts areas: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art.

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 offer optional, but highly encouraged, Audition Workshop Q&A sessions in January and February.

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 mailed as soon as possible.

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 13-20 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 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (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 in academic

Does TeSA have a special education program?

Yes. We are a public school and, as such, provide special education, section 504, English as a Second Language, Response to Intervention, and Gifted and Talented services for qualifying students.

Does TeSA participate in state testing?

As a public school, all students participate in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) assessments, as well as all required early childhood literacy screenings.

What time is the school day?

Our day begins at 7:45 am and ends at 3:30 pm for Kindergarten-1st grade and 3:45 pm for 2nd-5th 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. Dance/P.E. uniforms are sold yearly through our local vendor, as well as through the Resale page. 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.