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We Are TSA

Toledo School for the Arts is a public “community” or charter school focused on providing a college preparatory academic curriculum and an intense visual and performing arts environment. TSA opened in 1999 and is located at 333 14th Street in downtown Toledo, Ohio. Admission is open to creative students in grades 6-12 who seek an educational community of peers who are serious about their artistic endeavors. TSA is sponsored by Bowling Green State University.

In addition to core academic subjects, classes are offered in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. TSA provides students opportunities to work with professional artists to expand their arts experiences and knowledge base. TSA has ARTnerships with our area’s community and cultural institutions including the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the Toledo Zoo and others.

Toledo School for the Arts has been rated Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education and has received national attention as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, a Bronze level recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top high schools and Charter School of the Year by the Center for Education Reform. The Ohio Superintendent of Education, Susan Zelman, named TSA a School of Promise.

TSA graduates earn admission to our nation’s finest institutions of high education and win outstanding academic and arts scholarships. Creative students find a welcoming artistic environment that challenges and celebrates the arts.

The Toledo School for the Arts does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, social or economic background.


Mission Statement

“Toledo School for the Arts fulfills every student’s intellectual, ethical, social, emotional and physical potential by integrating an unsurpassed arts curriculum with superior college preparatory academic programs to prepare life-long learners with a passion for the arts, respect for others, and an active commitment to diversity and the community.”

No Child Left Behind

Under the federal law, No Child Left Behind, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, including the following:

Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas taught;

Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status;

The college degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or certification;

Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so, their qualifications.

Course Offerings

English: 9, 10, 11, 12, Creative Writing, News Writing; Science: Anatomy & Physiology/Honors, Biology/Honors, Chemistry/Honors, Environmental Science/Honors, Physical Science/Honors, Physics; Math: Algebra I, Algebra II, Calculus, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry & Statistics; Social Studies: American History, Government, World Studies, Senior Humanities; Spanish: I, II, III & IV; Health, Business, Marketing and Arts Courses: Ballet, Ethnic, Hip Hop, Martial Arts, Modern, Stage and Yoga; Instrumental and Vocal Music, Jazz and Commercial Music, Music Technology and Audio Recording; Costume Design, Theatre and Technical Theatre, and Video Production, Studio Art, Graphic Design, Photography,and Yearbook.


TSA’s class of 2016 had 86 members and were offered a total of $3,314,279.00 in both local and institution of higher learning scholarships.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to state-mandated testing,* units of credit in the following subject areas must include: English (4), Mathematics (4), Sciences (3), Social Studies (3), Foreign Language (2), Health (.5), Dance/Martial Arts/P.E. (1), Arts Elective (6), Financial Literacy (.5).

*TSA Graduation requirements exceed those of the Ohio Department of Education.


Dr. Douglas Mead, Director

Mr. David Saygers, Artistic Director

Ms. Michelle Hiser, Principal

Ms. India Springs, Dean of Students

Mr. Dave Gierke, Development Director

Ms. Carlyn Campbell-Johannes, High School Counselor

Ms. Chloe Fairchild, Jr. High Counselor

Ms. Loretta Coil, Student Services Coordinator


Non-Discrimination Notice

The Toledo School for the Arts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Human Resources and Diversity Manager
Toledo School for the Arts
333 14th Street, Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 246-8732