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Savannah Arts Academy
500 Washington Avenue
Savannah, GA 31405

Phone: (912) 395-5000
FAX: (912) 201-4160

Mr. Gif Lockley,

Bell Times

Grades: 9th - 12th

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SAA Admissions Frequently Asked Questions 

o   What Arts majors are offered?

§  Film Studies

§  Dance

§  Music – Band, Orchestra (string instruments),  Piano and Vocal

§  Theatre

§  Visual Arts


o   What are your academic requirements?

§  Academic Requirements can be found on the Academic Entrance Criteria page

o   Is there a fee or tuition necessary to attend Savannah Arts Academy?

§  No, Savannah Arts Academy is a public high school in Savannah Chatham County Public School System


o   What are the grade levels in your school?

§  Savannah Arts Academy is grades 9 through 12.


o   What if my child has good test scores, but lower grades, or vice-versa?

§  ALL criteria must be met. Applications will not be re-screened.


o   Can I schedule an audition for my child?

§  If all academic criteria are met and slots are available, you will bring in supporting documents between 8:30AM and 2:30PM and an audition will be scheduled.


o   What will my child have to do in his/her audition?

§  Each major has specific audition requirements. This information can be found on the Audition Requirements and Rubrics page. 


o   Will my child have bus transportation?

§  Yes, if you live in Chatham County and reside no closer than 1.5 miles from the school.


o   Can I visit the school?

§  Yes, you may visit our school on School Tour dates listed on our main Admissions page.


o    What is SAA Day?

§  SAA Day is our Open House in which tours of the various art areas are conducted, parents participate in an information session and students participate in audition workshops. Attendance is strongly encouraged. This event is listed on the main Admissions page.


o   Will there be a lottery for Savannah Arts Academy applicants after they audition?

§  No, applicants for Savannah Arts Academy Specialty Program will not participate in a lottery but students will be ranked in each Arts area and admitted to the school based on the number of slots available in each Arts major.  


o   Will applications be accepted after the deadline?

§  Unfortunately, applications will not be accepted after the deadline.


o   Can a student audition in more than one area?

§  No, students are not allowed to audition in more than one area.


o   If we just moved to the school district, will my child be able to audition?

§  If there are available slots and your child meets the admissions criteria, your child may be able to audition.  Availability is limited to specific grades or majors.


  Choice Programs Frequently Asked Questions from the Board of Education

  1. How do I apply for a Choice Program? The application process is online. The dates for the application window will be announced at a later date.
  2. What if I don't have a computer or Internet access? Computers will be available at the SCCPSS Student Success Expo, which will be held at the Savannah Mall from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., January 5, 2019. Assistance will be available at the Expo to help with the application process. The Office of College & Career Readiness can provide assistance to accessing the online application, if needed, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a .m. - 3:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis (402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408). Please call 912-395-6765 to set up an appointment. Public computers are also available at any of the Chatham County Public Libraries.
  3. Can I turn in a printed application? Printed applications will be available at Choice Program sites; however, we strongly encourage applicants to use the online process.  All printed applications must be turned in at the Office of College & Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah 31408.
  4. If I am enrolled in a choice program and plan to return to the same program at the same school do I need to reapply each year? No, enrollment remains through the highest grade offered for that program at the same school.
  5. If I already attend a school that has a Choice Program but I am not enrolled in the choice program, do I have to apply for the choice program they offer? Yes and the child must meet the established criteria for that choice program.
  6. What programs require an audition or artistic review? Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts, grades 6-8 and Savannah Arts Academy will require an audition and/or artistic review process.
  7. If I want to enroll in the Microsoft IT Academy at my high school, do I need to apply at student registration? No, this program is integrated into the Business Education program at each school.
  8. What happens if there are more applicants than space available for a non-audition program? Those students who meet the Choice Program criteria but are not selected through the Choice Program lottery, will be placed on the waitlist.
  9. How long after the lottery will parents be notified of their child's status? What happens after the lottery? The lottery is March 8, 2019, parents will be notified within the next few days. If no email address was provided, a letter will be mailed to the address provided on March 8, 2019.
  10. Is there an appeal process? Yes. Parents who believe their child was not allowed an equitable opportunity to a Choice Program during the audition or eligibility process as a result of a technical problem or inequity may request an appeal by 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in February. An application for an appeal of Choice Program eligibility must be submitted to the Office of College and Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408 or email or, indicating the child's program assignment, waitlist status, or program ineligibility. To download the SCCPSS Choice Program Appeal Application, go to  Appeals will be reviewed January 28 - February 22, 2019.
  11. Is transportation provided for Choice programs? Yes, however, routes/stops may be longer than the ride within your attendance zone. Please check our website for information on the district's transportation program.
  12. How can I find more information about these programs? All of the Choice program details will be available beginning January 5, 2019 on the SCCPSS website.
  13. Where is the Office of College & Career Readiness?  402  Market Street, Savannah,  GA 31408