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1415 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Courier #: 482
P: 980-343-5500  |  F: 980-343-5593 
Principal: Melody Sears
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 6-12
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Welcome to NWSA Auditions!

Northwest School of the Arts is part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Magnet School program and serves 6-12 graders. All students must reside in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Zone, and must first pass an audition in order to be eligible to participate in the CMS School Options Lottery. Information on the website pertains to auditions for the 2021-22 school year. Passing an audition during the lottery period provides the best chance to be placed at our school. Please be sure to pay attention to the dates and deadlines section.

Our school provides instruction in 10 different arts areas, or “Majors.” They are: Band, Orchestra, Piano, Chorus, Dance, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Costume Design (high school only,) Technical Theatre (high school only,) and Visual Arts.

You will find information below that we hope will help guide you through the process of participating in our virtual Prospective Student information Session event(s) and applying for a lottery seat via the CMS School Choice lottery.

Prospective students can find the Audition Request Form, Dates and Deadlines, as well as Audition Requirements on the website


We invite you to attend and learn more about NWSA at our fall 2020 Information Session

Events. There will be brief presentations to share information about our academics, arts, and the audition process. Following the presentation there will be a Q and A session.

The current schedule is as follows:

Please Note:  If you were not able to attend one of our virtual Information Session events but are interested in NWSA for the 2021-2022 school year, email and we will be happy to share the event recording with you.  



NWSA is a magnet school, therefore, all interested students must both enroll in CMS AND enter the CMS School Options lottery in order to be eligible to obtain a lottery seat at NWSA.  For more information about enrolling in CMS, the School Options lottery, various magnet programs, deadlines, transportation, and FAQs please visit the CMS School Choice website.


Round 1 School Choice Lottery

  • Enrollment for students new to CMS:  November 9 – 24, 2020
  • School Choice Lottery #1:  November 30 – December 13, 2020

Round 2 School Choice Lottery

  • Enrollment for students new to CMS:  December 14, 2020 - January 15, 2021
  • School Choice Lottery #2:  January 25 – February 5, 2021

Please continue to visit the CMS School Choice website for additional information and updates.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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