Interested in applying to NESA?
Come to our "Night with NESA" Open House on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30-7:30pm in the LEE High School Performing Arts Center, to see student performances and find more about our programs.
Students are accepted to NESA only through an Application and Audition Process. We accept incoming 9th graders, but we will consider applications from incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th graders on a case-by-case basis, based on cohort size.
NESA requires students to complete at least two full credits of NESA courses for every year enrolled in order to graduate with a NESA Endorsement.
Application deadlines and audition dates for the 2023-24 school year are:
- Fall Auditions: Application deadline October 7, 2022; auditions held on October 22, 2022
- Winter Auditions: Application deadline January 13, 2023; auditions held on January 28, 2023
- Spring Auditions: Application deadline March 31, 2023; auditions held on April 15 or April 22, 2023
In order to apply, students MUST submit all of the following to the NESA office by the Application deadline (which is two weeks prior to the audition date):
- ONLINE APPLICATION
- Grade Transcript (or most recent report card) from current school
- 300-500 word typed essay (required for applicants in Creative Writing, Cinema, Instrumental Music, Technical Theatre and Visual Arts) addressing the topic "Why I Should Be Considered for NESA."
- Additional requirements for each major: click on your target major below to see detailed audition instructions for specific majors.
Please address questions about the application process to firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR EACH NESA MAJOR'S SPECIFIC GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS