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Guidelines for Applying to Grand Center Arts Academy

New Applicants and Transfer Students

 

Residency Requirements:

  • All students residing in the city or county limits of St. Louis, MO

Enrollment Requirements:

Your Enrollment Packet MUST include everything listed below:

  • A completed application
  • All documents listed below:
  1. Copy of student’s original birth certificate
  2. Current immunization records
  3. Most recent copy of student’s report card or transcript
  4. Special program records including most recent evaluation (SPED, 504, Gifted - if applicable)
  5. Document showing proof of residency in the city or county limits of St. Louis, MO - Acceptable proof of residency:
  • Utility Bills - gas, electric, water, or sewer – bills submitted must include the page with the service address listed
  • Lease or Mortgage Agreement – lessee must submit name, address, and phone number of lessor
  • Proof must be dated within 30 days of submission to the school
  • Copy of parent’s/guardian’s valid photo ID
  • If parents/guardians experience hardship with gathering and submitting the above items, please contact the school’s main office at 314-533-1791 for assistance
  • A Scheduled Shadow Day and/or Tour
  • A Demonstration Day – we will contact you to schedule a date

 

Tours & Shadow Days

We highly encourage 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 play host and make your child feel WELCOMED to their school!

Tours are scheduled on various days throughout the week and are also available during our Open House. Shadow Days are scheduled on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted. The Shadow Day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. for prospective students. Lunch is provided for each student who is scheduled for a Shadow Day. You may set up a tour and/or shadow day by contacting the school’s main office at 314-533-1791.

Demonstration Days

Once a completed application is on file, we will contact you to schedule a Demonstration Day. Please keep in mind that our Arts Program for 6th-8th grade is designed to allow students to explore different Pathways, while the 9th-12th grade is designed to focus on one Pathway. Please make sure your child is fully prepared to present his/her demo on Demonstration Day. The following requirements listed below will give you an idea of what is required for each Pathway:

Dance Department

            6th-12th Grade

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

  • Solid black leotard
  • Pink or black ballet tights
  • Jazz or ballet shoes
  • Student has the option of wearing solid black dance shorts over their 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 in.

 

Music Department

Instrumental

            6th-8th Grade

  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

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

9th-12th Grade

  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

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

Vocal

6th-8th Grade

  1. Sing one 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

9th-12th Grade

  1. Sing one 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. Sight-reading performance to assess musical knowledge, music reading ability, and aural skills
  4. Basic music theory assessment 

Theater Department

            6th-8th Grade

  1. One three-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

9th-12th

  1. Two three-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

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.

 

Visual Art Department

            6th-8th Grade

  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

9th-12th Grade

  1. Three realistic drawings – one should be a portrait or figure drawing (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