Admissions FAQ

Can I audition for more than one art area?

You are permitted to audition for two programs; however, it is not necessary to audition for two programs. We encourage you to audition only for programs in which you have a strong interest.

Is transportation provided for students who attend Dreyfoos?

The School District provides transportation to our students via school bus, Palm Tran, and/or Tri-Rail.

How much time do I spend in my art area? Can I maintain a full academic schedule?

Students are registered in seven courses, two of which are required art area courses. Students in the 11th and 12th grades often take more than two art area courses. As a fully accredited public high school, we offer a college preparatory program, including Honors and Advanced Placement courses. We also offer support services for special-needs students and students who are non-native English speakers.

Can I participate in extra-curricular activities at Dreyfoos?

We offer many opportunities for students to pursue outside interests. Our interscholastic sports program includes soccer, basketball, cross-country, swimming, tennis, track and field, golf, and bowling. We have a wide variety of service clubs including National Art, French, and Spanish Honor Societies, ARTS Club, and Key Club. Interest clubs include Imagination Club, Chess Club, Philosophy Club and Film Club.

Do you offer tours of the campus for prospective students and their families?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer campus tours. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend the annual Prospective Student Open House and the Choice Programs Showcase of Schools.

The district application asks me to rank my selection of magnet and/or choice programs. Will this affect my chances of qualifying for Dreyfoos?

No, the information you provide on your application is not provided to Dreyfoos adjudicators. If you should qualify for Dreyfoos and another Magnet or Choice program, you will be placed in your highest choice where space is available. Students are required to accept the highest choice program for which they qualify or they must return to their home school. Although Dreyfoos does not take your rank choices into consideration, the district lottery WILL take your choices into consideration. Please familiarize yourself with district lottery procedures by obtaining a Choice Program Procedural Manual OR visit the district Choice Program website at www.palmbeachschools.org/Choiceprograms/

What if my family moves to Palm Beach County after the application deadline in December?

Families/students who move to Palm Beach County after the application deadline should contact the Choice Programs Office at the Palm Beach County School District to obtain information regarding the late application process and alternate audition opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a legal resident of Palm Beach County at the time of application. Eligibility requirements for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades are more competitive. Please refer to the section entitled 'Audition Guidelines' in order to prepare in advance for your audition and what you will do during the audition.

Qualifying scores (the applicant can score between 0 and 5.0):

  • 9th grade 4.25 or higher
  • 10th grade 4.50 or higher
  • 11th grade 4.75 or higher
  • 12th grade 4.90 or higher

These scores may be adjusted on an annual basis, by art area, depending on the number of available seats and score distribution of art area applicants.

Dreyfoos does not require a report card or recommendations as part of the application process. Please do not send these to Dreyfoos.

Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

ESE/504 or LY Accommodations

Accommodations to the audition process are permissible for students with special needs that are documented in an active IEP or 504 Plan.

Students who have a limited proficiency in the English language are encouraged to audition in their native language. Students identified as LY will be provided language facilitators for their auditions. The parent/guardian must notify the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Magnet Office, immediately following the submission of your application, if your child has a special need that requires accommodations for their audition. A copy of the child's current LEP (ELL), IEP or 504 Plan (public school students) or medical evaluation (private school students) must be provided to the school immediately following the submission of you’re application, in order to ensure audition accommodations

Admissions Process

  1. Apply

    File a Choice Programs Application with the School District of Palm Beach County Department of Choice Programs and School Choice before the deadline of December 13, 2013.

    Applications are available online at:
    http://www.palmbeachschools.org/Choiceprograms

    The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts does NOT accept applications or teacher recommendation forms.

    It is recommended that applications be sent to the School District ‘return receipt requested’ as proof that your application has been received by the School District.

    Return completed applications to:
    School District of Palm Beach County
    Department of Choice Programs and School Choice
    Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center
    3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, Suite C-124
    West Palm Beach, Florida 33406

    Please note that late applicants, regardless of reason, are not guaranteed an audition. Also, applicants must be legal residents of Palm Beach County at the time of application.

    Prospective students who move to Palm Beach County after the December 13, 2013 deadline should contact the Department of Choice Programs and School Choice at 561.434.8755 to obtain information regarding the late application process and alternate audition opportunities.

  2. Be Informed

    Representatives from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts will be available at the Showcase of Schools, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds AmeriCraft Expo Center.

    The school will host prospective students and their families at the annual Prospective Student Open House on Monday, October 28, 2013 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Attendance is recommended, but optional. No reservations are required.

    The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts does not offer campus tours.

    Parking for this event is located in the parking lot on Fern St. and in city spaces on the north and south side of the school - NOT to the east.
  3. Receive an Audition Date and Time Slot

    Applicants will receive a postcard (delivered to the address listed on their Choice Programs application) informing them of their assigned audition date and time slot. Audition notification postcards will be mailed after the December 13, 2013 deadline. Only students who have a verified application on file with the Department of Choice Programs and School Choice will be given an audition date and time slot. Applicants should plan to be at Dreyfoos for the duration of the time slot listed on their audition verification postcard.

    Auditions will take place during the months of January and February on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Audition times do not interfere with the normally scheduled school day of public middle or high schools. Applicants must audition on the date they are assigned.

  4. Prepare!

    Review the audition guidelines on this website to confirm audition requirements. Guidelines also are available in Spanish or Haitian-Creole from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Magnet Office.

  5. Audition Day

    Plan to arrive to the Dreyfoos cafeteria approximately thirty minutes prior to the time stated on the audition notification postcard. This will allow sufficient time for the check-in process. The audition process requires that applicants be present and ready to perform at any point during the audition time block specified on the audition notification postcard. Parking for auditions is located in our parking lot on the Fern St. side of the school.

  6. Wait for the Results

    The School District of Palm Beach County Department of Choice Programs and School Choice establishes the date of notification for the release of placement results for all of Palm Beach County’s magnet and choice programs. Expect to receive the results of your audition in mid-April. There will be no exceptions to the date of notification established by the School District.

    Audition results will be mailed to the address recorded on the initial Choice Programs application and will not be released over the telephone. The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts only mails acceptance packages; the Department of Choice Programs and School Choice will send all other correspondence.

General Admissions Information

Who Can Apply?

Students may apply to the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts from the eighth grade through the eleventh grade for admission the following year.

  • Applicants must be legal residents of Palm Beach County at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 unweighted grade point average.
  • Applications are submitted in the fall to the School District of Palm Beach County Department of Choice Programs and School Choice.

The Choice Programs application allows students to make up to two program choices. Applicants to the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts may apply for two art areas (equaling two program choices on the Choice Programs application). Please note that the information you provide on your application is not provided to your audition adjudicators. Please read The Lottery section of the Choice Programs Procedural Manual carefully as you rank your choices on the application.

Eligibility

Applicants must earn a minimum qualifying score on their audition in order to be classified as eligible to attend the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Audition scores range from 0.0 to 5.0. Eligibility requirements for students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school are more competitive.

Qualifying scores for the 2013-2014 school year are:

  • Incoming Freshmen: 4.25 or greater
  • Incoming Sophomores: 4.50 or greater
  • Incoming Juniors: 4.75 or greater
  • Incoming Seniors: 4.90 or greater

Occasionally, these scores may need to be adjusted, by art area, depending on the number of available seats and score distribution of art area applicants. If such an adjustment occurs, qualifying scores will never increase.

The Lottery

In the event that the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats in a particular program, the School District will conduct a lottery to determine the students actually assigned to the school.

It is important to note that if you should qualify for Dreyfoos and another Choice program, you will be placed in your highest ranked choice program, as space is available. Applicants are required to accept the highest choice program for which they qualify or they must return to their home school. Although your Dreyfoos audition adjudicators do not take your ranked choices into consideration, the lottery will.

Please visit the Department of Choice Programs and School Choice website (http://www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms) for detailed information regarding the lottery in the publication entitled Choice Program Procedural Manual.

Audition Accommodations

Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

Accommodations to the audition process are permissible for students with special needs that are documented in an active Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. Applicants from private schools may receive similar accommodations for special needs that are documented by a medical evaluation.

Applicants requiring ESE accommodations must mail, fax, or hand deliver a copy of the IEP, 504 Plan, or medical evaluation immediately after submitting their Choice Programs application to the School District.

In order to ensure that applicants receive the proper accommodations, proper and complete documentation must be provided to the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts by January 11, 2013.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Accommodations to the audition process are permissible for students who have limited proficiency in the English language. The school encourages applicants classified as LY to audition in their native language; the School District will provide language facilitators for their auditions.

Applicants requiring ELL accommodations, including translation services, must mail, fax, or hand-deliver a copy of the LEP immediately after submitting their Choice Programs application to the School District.

In order to ensure that applicants receive the proper accommodations, proper and complete documentation must be provided to the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts by January 11, 2013.

Family Emergency / Illness

If a student becomes ill on the date of their audition, s/he must provide proof of illness from a medical doctor to the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Magnet Office within three (3) school days of the date of the student’s previously scheduled audition. Once the school has verified receipt of the proof of illness, the student will be rescheduled for an audition.

Audition dates will only be rescheduled in the case of a documented family emergency or if the assigned date conflicts with a day of religious observance. Family emergency is defined as the death of an applicant’s immediate family member.

While we make every attempt to reschedule the audition within the months of January or February, the rescheduled audition may occur in the summer. If the student qualifies for the program during a summer audition, acceptance will be based on space availability. If no spaces are available, the student will be placed in the wait pool.

Inquiries

Inquiries regarding the application process should be made to the School District of Palm Beach County Department of Choice Programs and School Choice at 561.434.8755.

Inquiries regarding the audition process should be made to the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Magnet Office. Email is the preferred mode of correspondence:

Patrick Marshall, Magnet Coordinator
patrick.marshall@palmbeachschools.org

Tracy Guinaugh, Magnet Secretary
tracy.guinaugh@palmbeachschools.org

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