FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does HSPVA offer summer programs? We do not.
How many art areas can I apply for? You may choose to audition for up to two art areas. Students who are invited for callbacks for two art areas will rank the art areas in the event they qualify for both. You will only be accepted to one area.
Can I study two art areas? No. Each art area provides a comprehensive, sequential four year curriculum that does not allow for another art area focus.
Can I apply and audition for 10th, 11th, or 12th grade? The answer is yes, although at this time we do not anticipate inviting any students who are not incoming 9th graders. There is a chance we could accept a limited number of upperclassmen, but there are no guarantees. These decisions are based on a number of factors including available space in the school, grade level and art area. We hope that going through the audition process is an educational opportunity on its own.
Do grades, matrix scores, letters of recommendation, or sibling priority increase my chances of qualifying? No. Kinder HSPVA qualifies applicants by audition only. Final screening and selection is based on the audition process. Sibling priority does not apply.
How should I rank Kinder HSPVA? You should rank Kinder HSPVA in order of preference. If Kinder HSPVA is your first choice, you should rank us #1. If you rank Kinder HSPVA lower than #1 and you are accepted into a higher-ranked program, you may be "dropped" or "released" even if you qualify for one of our programs.
My student needs accomodations. Who should I contact? If your student currently receives accomodations and has a formal IEP or 504 accomodations, please contact Jonathan Klein (email@example.com) at least one week prior to the live audition.
What about academic classes? Do you offer AP courses? Students must complete the same required coursework as other HISD high schools. We offer on-level academic classes as well as Pre-AP and AP coursework. We currently offer 16 AP courses. Please note that art requirements only allow for 5 academic classes per year and scheduling conflicts may occur that prevent students from taking all of their requested courses.
Does Kinder HSPVA accept students from areas outside of HISD? In extenuating circumstances we may consider out-of-district students or students new to the district (who have auditioned in Phase 1) after March 1, 2020. HISD employees who pay towards TRS and live outside the HISD attendance district are considered to be in-district residents.
- All students interested in applying to Kinder HSPVA must apply at www.hisdchoice.com from September 27, 2019 to December 6, 2019 and complete the audition process in December 2019 – January 2020. We do not have separate auditions for out-of-district students.
- Applicants will be notified of the status of their application on January 30, 2020. If a student qualifies for Kinder HSPVA you will need to provide proof of residency within HISD by February 13, 2020 to guarantee a space for the 2020-21 school year.
- In extenuating circumstances we may consider out-of-district students after March 1, 2020. At that time out-of-district students must be approved by the superintendent of schools. If approved, tuition may be required and transportation is not provided. Tuition rates are established by HISD and is subject to change each year. For the 2019-20 school year tuition was $12,161.
- For the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years we did not invite any students who were not able to provide proof of residency within HISD.
Do you accept late applicants? After the audition process has ended, we will only consider applicants for specific needs that would benefit an art area.
Do you provide feedback on auditions? We do not provide individual feedback on auditions.
Are you able to return work that are completed during the audition process? To protect the security of the audition process, we do not return work from the Creative Writing, Theatre, or Visual Arts auditions or callbacks. Theatre and Visual Arts portfolios are reviewed during the audition and not kept by our departments.
(Updated February 3, 2020)