2020-2021 Arts Class Request Information

The arts class selection process is available here. In addition, the arts classes grid schedule is available for viewing. This schedule shows the proposed arts classes for the 2020-2021 school year. Course descriptions with pre-requisites can be found under each department on the ASA Website.

In order to streamline the arts class scheduling, teachers will request classes at the end of the 3rd quarter for students based upon their current classes. Completed requests will be organized by grade to ensure fairness in enrollment. Current 11th graders will be enrolled in classes first, followed by current 10th graders, and so on, ending with current 5th graders. Once the course requests have been completed, students and parents can view them starting March 16, 2020, in their ParentVue account. Parents will not be able to make any changes online.  If families wish to make any changes there will be an open period to make such a request.

Depending upon the arts area of study, students are placed by the following criteria:

All music and ballet students are placed in their classes for the 2020-2021 school year based upon class placements, promotions, and auditions.

Students enrolling in High School Piano:

  • Students currently in 9th-11th grade will request High School class piano during their regular piano class period before the end of the 3rd quarter. Students should review the class schedule grid and know their other arts classes to ensure they request the correct period for piano.
  • Students currently in 8th grade that qualify for and want High School class piano will enter a lottery for open seats. Typically, the amount of requests for the class exceeds the number of open seats, especially for periods 7 & 8. Students may, for their freshman year, have 9th period piano and be eligible for a study hall. More information is available from the piano department.
  • Students in all grades, except 9th,  that are currently enrolled in a theatre class will be automatically placed in the next class in the sequence of study.
  • Students in 9th grade will return their interest form no later than March 6, 2020.  This form was distributed to ALL current ASA Theatre students during their theatre class(es).
  • Students not currently enrolled in theatre classes will follow the change request process listed below to request a theatre class(es) for their 2020-2021 arts schedule, subject to available openings.

All current 5th-7th grade students will receive piano and choir instruction while enrolled at ASA. Music and Ballet students will receive placement information by Monday, March 2, 2020. All student change requests from current arts (instrument, theatre or dance) must complete the change request process listed below.

All current 8th-11th grade students must enroll in 2 arts classes each year. Students may choose to enroll in a 3rd class, 9th period, for an additional class fee. Please note: students may not enroll in 2 choral or piano classes. Students requesting to play 2 instruments must have instructor approval. Music and Ballet students will receive placement information by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Students in 11th and 12th grade MUST enroll in 2 classes in their major area of students during both 11th and 12th grade. Students will pick between music, theatre arts, and ballet. Ballet classes fulfill the 2-credit requirement each year. Seniors may not switch majors

Students and parents will have on-line access to view on ParentVue course requests no later than Monday, March 16, 2020. This will allow time for students and parents to review requests before they become final. The online view will only show those arts classes that have been requested. No waitlist information will be provided. Parents will be notified via email from the school when the online access is available.

If a change to an arts class is requested, students will need to complete the arts change process listed below being mindful to adhere to all the instructions before submitting to the office. No online class request changes are available.

Open request period is Monday, March 23, 2020 through Friday, April 8, 2020.

Students wishing to change their arts courses for the 2020-21 school year can do so by completing the Drop/Add Change form.

To request an arts schedule change form:

  • Email enrollment@goasa.org by 4pm on Friday, April 3
  • Include in the email:
    • Student’s name
    • Current grade
    • Subject header:  ARTS CHANGE REQUEST
  • You will receive a return email with the form attached.

To initiate the process:

  • Complete the form you received in the email
  • Submit the completed form via email to  enrollment@goasa.org
  • Send by 4pm on Wednesday, April 8 

ASA will communicate the results with you and update your student’s ParentVue account when a change was approved. 

Pay to Play Classes – Some classes in the arts schedule are Pay to Play. These require a separate Pay to Play Class Enrollment Form.  These forms are available online. Students that elect to take a Pay to Play class must submit the form and make the required deposit online to be enrolled. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Families will know that the Pay to Play course has been added when it appears in the on-line view. Forms should be submitted online to enrollment@goasa.org. Allow a week once the form is submitted for these course requests to appear in the viewing portal.

3rd Arts Class Fee – ASA provides to each student in 7th-12th grade two afternoon arts classes as part of their course of study. Students that elect to take an additional arts class will be charged a fee for the additional class. Families will be contacted to submit an acknowledgement form that they intend to enroll in a 3rd arts class.

Study Hall is a silent study period available 7th and 8th periods during the afternoon arts block. Study Hall is available for students in 7th-12th grade who need the class due to placement in 9th hour classes that fulfill their majors and/or skill level. There is no additional fee for study hall if students qualify for a 9th hour class. Students will be automatically placed in study hall based upon previous class schedules.  Those students who have two arts classes and would like to add study hall will complete a DROP/ADD form from the office indicating the study hall request. No department signature is required. All forms received by April 3, 2020, will be considered for open seats, based upon availability.

Students and parents that have questions about their arts choices should contact the department team leader.

Theatre Arts Schedule Questions – Rob Chambers, chambers@goasa.org

Ballet Schedule Questions – Gia Firicano, firicano@goasa.org

Band Schedule Questions – Derek Sanchez, sanchez@goasa.org 

Guitar Schedule Questions – Josh Pierce, pierce@goasa.org

Strings Schedule Questions – Allyson Wuenschel, wuenschel@goasa.org

Piano Schedule Questions – Dianne Cangelosi, cangelosi@goasa.org

Choir Schedule Questions – Dana Bender, bender@goasa.org

Other general questions – Laura Apperson, ASA Arts Director, apperson@goasa.org