Explore the admission process

At TeSA, we strive to make our application and audition process a positive experience for prospective students and parents by providing plenty of information up front to help you prepare and know what to expect.

First and foremost, please be aware that auditions are the only criterion used to determine enrollment. Transcripts, resumes and letters of recommendation are not considered for admission.

1. Explore the Process

It's never too early to start preparing. The first step is getting familiar with the application process. Please explore the following documents and remember to contact us if you have any questions. These documents are for reference only and may change from year-to-year.

If you have any questions, please email donna.james@mytesa.org or call 817-732-8372.

K - 2nd Grade Audition Rubric

3rd - 6th Grade Audition Rubrics

3rd - 6th Grade Audition Resources

2. Apply for Admission

Students from accepted ISDs may gain admission to TeSA by completing an application and auditioning. Students and parents may submit applications for the next school year during the open enrollment period in January, at which time the students will be assigned to their auditions. TeSA accepts new students at every grade level starting in Kindergarten - but please keep in mind that acceptance is limited due to small class sizes.

3. Audition to Join Us!

First thing is to just remember to breathe! Even for the most confident performer, an audition can be daunting. At TeSA, we get that – and strive to make our application and audition process a positive experience for aspiring artists.

Students may audition in music, dance, theater or the visual arts. 

All auditions take place on the TeSA campus. Applicants will be scored on a rubric for their chosen artistic disciplines, then ranked according to grade level to determine acceptance or placement on the wait lists. Students must meet a minimum required score for acceptance. Students will not receive a copy of their completed rubric or score.

Accepted ISDs

  • Aledo ISD
  • Alvarado ISD
  • Arlington ISD
  • Azle ISD
  • Birdville ISD
  • Burleson ISD
  • Carroll ISD
  • Castleberry ISD
  • Cedar Hill ISD
  • Cleburne ISD
  • Crowley ISD
  • DeSoto ISD
  • Duncanville ISD
  • Eagle Mt-Saginaw ISD
  • Everman ISD
  • Fort Worth ISD
  • Godley ISD
  • Granbury ISD 
  • Grand Prairie ISD 
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD 
  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD 
  • Joshua ISD 
  • Keene ISD 
  • Keller ISD 
  • Kennedale ISD 
  • Lake Worth ISD 
  • Mansfield ISD 
  • Northwest ISD 
  • Peaster ISD 
  • Springtown ISD 
  • Weatherford ISD 
  • White Settlement ISD