FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many art areas can I apply for? You may choose to audition for one or 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? Yes. We typically accept a limited number of upperclassmen based on a number of factors including available space in the school, grade level and art area. For the 2018-19 school our new students included 193 freshmen, 18 sophomores, no juniors and one senior.
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.
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 after June 1, 2019. 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 28, 2018 to December 7, 2018 and complete the audition process in January 2019. We do not have separate auditions for out-of-district students.
- Applicants will be notified of the status of their application on March 21, 2019. If a student qualifies for Kinder HSPVA you will need to provide proof of residency within HISD by April 26, 2019 to guarantee a space for the 2019-20 school year.
- In extenuating circumstances we may consider out-of-district students after June 1, 2019. 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 2017-18 school year tuition was $11,140.
- For the 2018-19 school year we did not consider 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.