Guidelines for Applying to GCAA

 

Guidelines for Applying to Grand Center Arts Academy (For all new applicants, including Transfer Students)

Download the Enrollment Form for the 2016-17 School Year or pick up a form at the school’s main office.

Residency Requirements:

  • Any child residing in the city limits of St. Louis, MO.
  • Grand Center Arts Academy is under the legal oversight of the desegregation agreement, therefore non-African-American students living in Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville (Oakville), Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Rockwood, Valley Park, and Webster Groves school districts are eligible to attend.

Missouri Senate Bill 638 Transfer Students:  Students who wish to transfer to GCAA under SB638 must first register to transfer with their home school district.  After receiving approval from the home school district, the student can apply to GCAA by following the steps listed below. A copy of the official notice to transfer from the home district must be provided with the admission application.

Lottery: Lottery to be held (if needed) on February 6, 2016. If GCAA has fewer completed applications than the number of anticipated openings, then a lottery is not needed. GCAA will inform families by phone and by mail that the student has been accepted. If GCAA receives more completed applications than anticipated openings, then the lottery will be held.

Required: (A complete application includes everything listed below)

  • Submit a complete Enrollment Packet including a self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Submit all required documentation with Enrollment Packet
  1. Copy of an original birth certificate
  2. Current immunization records
  3. Most recent copy of child’s report card
  4. Two documents showing proof of residence in the city of St. Louis city or an approved St. Louis County school district. Acceptable proof includes: utility bills (gas, electric, water, sewer), lease or mortgage. Renters must submit name, address and phone number of landlord on letterhead. Proof must be dated within 30 days of submission to the school.
  • Demonstration*

Recommended, but not requiredTour or Shadow Day It is not required, but GCAA highly encourages prospective students to spend a partial day with us at GCAA. Your child will be paired with a current GCAA student who has similar arts interests. GCAA students LOVE to play host/hostess and go out of their way to help your child feel welcome.

Tours and Shadow opportunities are most Tuesdays. Tours are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. The Shadow Day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. for Lower Academy and at 3:00 p.m. for Upper Academy students. You may set up a tour and/or shadow visit by calling our school office at (314) 533-1791.

*Demonstration: Demonstrations should be scheduled upon receipt of the provisional acceptance letter. Letters are sent after the second week of February. The following will give you an idea of what is expected for a demonstration:

Demonstration Requirements

Choral Music Department

  1. A memorized song that demonstrates vocal technique and expression. (Classical, operatic, jazz, spiritual, hymn or musical theater; no pop music.)
  2. Vocalizations led by the director to demonstrate range, vocal technique and responsiveness.
  3. Sight-reading performance to assess musical knowledge, music reading ability and aural skills.
  4. Music theory assessment.

Instrumental Music Department

Beginning Band

  1. Student/parent must meet with band director prior to the start of school year to determine which instrument is the best fit and where to purchase or rent the instrument.

Intermediate Band

  1. Scales and arpeggios in the keys of concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab major.
  2. One-octave chromatic scale.
  3. Sight-reading a short 8-measure excerpt.
  4. Music theory assessment

High School Band

  1. Scales and arpeggios in the keys of Concert F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, C, G, and D Major, as well as Concert D, G, C, and F minor.
  2. Two-octave chromatic scale.
  3. Sight-reading a 16-measure excerpt.
  4. Music Theory Assessment
  5. Prepared solo of the student’s choice. Be prepared to talk about the composer, the style of the piece and the time period the piece was written.

Guitar

  1. Perform a beginning/intermediate level selection from classical repertoire demonstrating master of free stroke with the right hand. Simple and well done is better than challenging and poorly done.
  2. Sight-read a beginning level piece in first position.
  3. Perform a 2 octave G major and F major scale in first position.

Middle School Strings

  1. One octave scales in C, G, or D major.
  2. A prepared solo that exhibits student’s ability. No pop music.
  3. Sight-read a grade-level piece of music

High School Strings

  1. Two octave scales in C, G, D, A, E, F, or Bb.
  2. A prepared solo that exhibits student’s ability. No pop music.
  3. Sight-read a grade-level piece of music.
  4. Music theory assessment

 Visual Art Department

Middle School

  1. Two realistic drawings (no cartoons or caricatures).
  2. One artwork of your choice demonstrating student’s ability in paint, sculpture, clay, fibers, sewing, photography, printmaking or graphic design.
  3. Basic art assessment.

High School

  1. Three realistic drawings (no cartoons or caricatures), at least one of these should be a portrait or figure drawing.
  2. One artwork of your choice demonstrating student’s ability in paint, sculpture, clay, fibers, sewing, photography, printmaking or graphic design.
  3. Basic art assessment.

 Dance Department Group Demonstrations

Girls – Wear clothing that is suitable for dance class, including:

Solid black leotard

Ballet pink or black tights

Jazz or ballet shoes

The student has the option of wearing solid black dance shorts over the tights and leotard.

Boys – Wear clothing that is suitable for dance class, including:

Solid white tank or T-shirt

Solid black shorts (not baggy) with black tights OR black jazz pants

Jazz or ballet shoes

Male support

 

Students will be led in a series of movement exercises (ballet, modern, and/or jazz) led by a member of the GCAA Dance staff. A formal evaluation form will be completed by the dance department chair or another staff member in the chair’s absence. Recommendations will be made about the level of dance classes the student should be enrolled.

Theater Department Group Demonstrations

Middle School

  1. One 3-minute memorized monologue (comedic or serious).
  2. Dress in comfortable, black clothing that allows student to move freely and execute physical behavior connected to a character.

High School

  1. Two 3-minute memorized monologues (comedic and serious). A classical piece of Shakespearean nature is acceptable.
  2. Dress in comfortable, black clothing that allows student to move freely and execute physical behavior connected to a character.

Upon arrival, a placement/demonstration form will be provided to assess the student’s background. The student will participate in a series of warm-ups and staff-led exercises, then will present monologues, followed by ensemble work. Recommendations will be made about the level of theater classes the student should be enrolled.


Download the Guidelines to Applying to Grand Center Arts Academy here.

Updated July 17, 2016.