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The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Where Learning Is An Art

   How to Apply to HSPVA

Select department in the AUDITION REQUIREMENTS tab to view the audition criteria. You must prepare for the audition exactly as is indicated for each department.  It is a good idea to prepare for the auditions well in advance of your audition date.  

The application will become available in late September, and we begin accepting applications September 30, 2016.  You may apply online at  If you apply online you will have the opportunity to schedule your own audition, at the time you complete your application.  If you have problems or questions, please contact  In order to receive an audition in the first round of auditions, applications must be received by December 9, 2016.  Check the Important Dates Section for other important dates!
We cannot accept faxed applications.
If you do not have an email, it is your responsibility to contact the Magnet Office to get your audition schedule.  You should allow two to three weeks after submitting your application to get your audition schedule.  If you do not receive an email, you should contact the Magnet Office to receive your audition schedule prior to January 8. 
If you fail to attend the audition or if you arrive late, you will not be rescheduled. You must contact the Magnet Office 24 hours prior to the audition to reschedule due to illness or family emergency.  We cannot guarantee that you will get your audition rescheduled.  You will not be rescheduled due to lack of audition preparation.
Callback auditions are held in late February for students invited to a callback audition.  Saturday, February 18, 2017 is the date for callback auditions in Creative Writing, Dance, Visual Art, and Vocal Music. This is the only date for callback auditions in these departments. Instrumental Music and Theatre callbacks are on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  This is the only date for callback auditions in Theatre or Instrumental Music.
Students invited to a callback audition are required to attend the audition to be invited to attend HSPVA.  It is not required that HSPVA invite a student to a callback audition to invite you to attend HSPVA.   A callback audition does not mean that the student has been accepted.  Final notice of qualification for HSPVA to all students, living in the Houston ISD attendance zone, who submit an application will be March 23, 2015 by 4 pm.  Out-of-district applicants will be notified in June of 2017 if they qualify to attend HSPVA!
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