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Guidelines for Applying to Grand Center Arts Academy

New Applicants and Transfer Students

Download Enrollment Form for the 2020-21 School Year or 

Pick Up a Form in the School’s Main Office


Our Mission:

Our mission is to serve students with a meaningful, well-rounded education that includes a strong emphasis in visual and performing arts and a deep commitment to academic excellence. We strongly believe in community engagement, multi-cultural understanding, service, and good citizenship.

Residency Requirements:

  • Any student 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 residing 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.

Lottery:  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.

Requirements: Your Enrollment Packet MUST include everything listed below:

  • Submit a completed application including a self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Submit all required documentation listed below with Enrollment Packet:
    1. Copy of an original birth certificate
    2. Current immunization records
    3. Most recent copy of child’s report card or transcript
    4. Complete disciplinary and attendance records
    5. Special program records including most recent evaluation (SPED, 504, Gifted-if applicable)
    6. Two documents showing proof of residency in St. Louis City or an approved St. Louis County school district. Acceptable proof of residency: utility bills-gas, electric, water, or sewer; lease, or mortgage. Renters must submit name, address, and phone number of landlords on letterhead. Proof must be dated within 30 days of submission to the school
    7. Copy of parent’s valid photo ID 
  • Scheduled Shadow Day or Tour and Demonstration


(If parents/guardians experience hardships with gathering and submitting the above items, they should contact the school’s main office at 314-531-1791for further assistance and guidance)


Shadow Day or Tour

GCAA highly encourages prospective students to spend a partial day with us at GCAA. Students who are unable to shadow during a school day can schedule a tour. During a shadow day, your child will be paired with a current GCAA student who has similar pathway interests. GCAA students LOVE to host and make your child feel WELCOMED to their school.

Tours and Shadow Days opportunities are scheduled on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted. Tours are available during our open house and demonstration days or can be scheduled individually. The shadow day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. for upper and lower academy students. Lunch is provided for each student who is scheduled a shadow day. You may set up a tour and/or shadow day by calling our school office at 314-533-1791.

Demonstration: Once a completed application is on file, a demonstration should be scheduled by signing up for one of our four scheduled dates in the winter/spring of 2020. Transfer students can schedule demonstrations during a shadow day. Please keep in mind our middle school is designed to allow students to explore different arts areas while high school students are required to focus on one pathway (arts discipline). The following will give you an idea of what is required for a demonstration, please be sure your child is fully prepared:

Choral Music Department 

Middle School

  1. Sing a memorized song that demonstrates vocal technique and expression (classical, operatic, jazz, spiritual, hymn, or musical theatre; pop music is discouraged)
  2. Vocalizations led by the director to demonstrate range, vocal technique, and responsiveness
  3. Basic music theory assessment

High School

  1. Sing two memorized songs in two different styles that demonstrate vocal technique and expression (classical, operatic, jazz, spiritual, hymn, or musical theatre; pop music is discouraged)
  2. Vocalization led by the director to demonstrate range, vocal technique, and responsiveness
  3. Basic music theory assessment
  4. Sight-reading performance to assess musical knowledge, music reading ability, and aural skills

Instrumental Music Department

Middle School

  1. Perform a one octave scale on the instrument of your choice
  2. Perform a prepared solo of your choice (classical operatic, jazz, spiritual, hymn, or musical theatre; pop music is discouraged)
  3. Basic music theory assessment

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


High School

  1. Perform a one octave scale in three different keys on the instrument of your choice
  2. Perform a one octave chromatic scale
  3. Perform a prepared solo of your choice. (classical operatic, jazz, spiritual, hymn, or musical theatre; pop music is discouraged)
  4. Basic music theory assessment

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

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. 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

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
  • 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 regarding the level of dance classes the student should be enrolled in.


Theater Department

Group Demonstrations

Middle School

  1. One two-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. One two-minute memorized monologue (comedic or serious) A classical piece of Shakespearean nature is accepted
  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 present their monologue, followed by ensemble work. Recommendations will be made about the level of theater classes the student should be enrolled in.