Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Toledo School for the Arts. TSA is a tuition-free public community school open to Ohio residents entering grades 6 – 12 that teaches academics through integration of the visual and performing arts. Due to high demand, enrollment is via lottery. See the FAQ section for important lottery application deadlines and information.
There are several opportunities available to you to find out if our school and community are the right fit for you.
Due to Covid-19, our First Fridays for September and October will be / have been in a virtual format. You can see the September edition by following the link on this page. The October virtual First Friday will be available for viewing on our website at or after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 2. Please either give us a call or check online to see if future months will be held in person or virtually.
Beginning with the November First Friday, we will be playing the First Friday video beginning at 9:00 a.m. We will then have ambassadors on hand to be hosting real time live virtual tours. The virtual tours will begin at 9:30 a.m. and can be joined via any personal electronic device. We will be using Zoom to host the virtual tours. You can RSVP for the event using the link below (to be posted soon!) and we will send you a link to the Zoom tour a few days prior to the event.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us or call 419-246-8732 ext. 250.
Events and Performances
TSA typically hosts many events and performances throughout the year. Due to Covid-19, our events may look different – via a livestream for example. Check out our events page for information about upcoming events that you can attend or view.
Take some time to watch and listen to some of our events on our Arts Watch page. There are some large scale events that require a fee to view, but there is so much free content – First Fridays, Vlogs, Podcasts, etc. – that give you an amazing look into TSA. The best part is that it can be done at your convenience and from your own home. You can click on the Arts Watch link located on this page to explore some of the items available for free viewing.
How are students accepted into TSA?
Due to high demand, Toledo School for the Arts has more students interested in attending than we have space for. Enrollment at TSA is open to Ohio residents entering grades 6 – 12 and is via lottery.
Important dates for enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year
Lottery applications available online on the TSA website beginning in mid October
ALL supporting documents due into TSA no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021
Toledo School for the Arts Lottery for the 2021-2022 School year will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021
Next Step Day (by invitation only) Saturday, March 27, 2021
All lottery applications that are missing supporting documents or submitted after the deadline will not qualify to be entered into the lottery and will only go at the end of the wait list for your grade level by request.
What is included in the required supporting documentation?
After you fill out your initial lottery application, please allow 24 hours for us to import it into our system.
After 24 hours, it is your responsibility to log back in to your online portal (where you filled out your lottery application) and view your supporting document checklist. The checklist is individualized and generated based on the information provided on your students’ lottery application.
ALL document checklist items need to be submitted prior to Friday, January 29, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. to qualify to enter the 2021-22 school year lottery. You can scan and upload them yourself or you can bring them into TSA during the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Examples of supporting document checklist items required: immunization records, grade cards (current grade report and final 2019-20), proof of residency, birth certificate, standardized test scores from the past two years, and if applicable: current full year schedule, transcript showing earned high school credits, current IEP and ETR or 504, custodial paperwork, or home school portfolio.
Older students applying to enter the lottery should be aware that TSA has specific and more stringent requirements for graduation than the State requires. A few examples are a high number of arts credits and two credits of the same foreign language. There are many times that an older student (primarily incoming 10th, 11th or 12th graders) will not have enough room in their schedule to meet all of the specific TSA graduation requirements in one, two or three years’ time, even if they have not previously lost any credit in school. We will review transcripts and provide feedback throughout the enrollment process. For a specific list of TSA graduation requirements, please see our student handbook by clicking this link: student handbook.
I have submitted all of the required documents, how will I know if I have a lottery number?
Due to the volume of lottery applications, the majority of communication from Toledo School for the Arts during the lottery application process will be via email. Please be aware of this method of communication and if you do not see correspondence from us, check your spam folders!
TSA will be in touch with you throughout the lottery application process. We will contact you to remind you that you have missing documents, if we need an update to a document you provided or we will email you a lottery number.
If you have submitted all of your documents and have not received a lottery number by February 24, please email us.
Please be aware that review is a process involving several departments. The review process is not immediate and the lottery application and supporting documents can and may remain under review throughout the entire enrollment process which may extend far beyond the lottery including up to and until official enrollment. We can and may request document updates and verification throughout the entire enrollment season.
Does a lottery number mean I am accepted?
No. Your lottery number is just verification that you have met all requirements to enter the lottery. The lottery is the method to randomly assign students to a wait list. Wait lists are generated by grade level. Every person that completed their lottery application and submitted all of their required documents prior to lottery deadline will be entered into the lottery and be placed on a wait list for their grade based on the order their lottery number was drawn.
When is the lottery?
The TSA lottery is held on the last Friday in February each year with results posted by 5:00 p.m. TSA holds a separate lottery for every grade level. Wait lists are generated by the random draw lottery by grade level.
Does my child need to interview or audition to attend TSA?
Toledo School for the Arts will schedule a Next Step Day for students. An invitation to the Next Step Day does not guarantee that there will be an offer of a space or acceptance. Please be aware that we do invite more people to the Next Step Day than we have spaces for. This helps facilitate the wait list process.
Invitations will be sent for the Next Step Day determined by grade by the lottery wait list order. Appointments will be scheduled individually based on lottery numbers drawn and are necessary and required for admission should a space become available. This Next Step Day is held solely to assist in the scheduling process and to determine appropriate skill levels (beginning, intermediate and advanced for example). This does NOT determine entrance into TSA.
How many openings are there?
It depends on what grade level you are entering. TSA now has an average of 100 students per grade level.
Because TSA is a 6 – 12 grade school, we need to fill the entire 6th grade. We will have approximately 95 spaces to offer to new 6th graders.
If your student is entering the 7 – 12 grade, we do not know how many spaces we will have to offer. Current students are given the opportunity to re-enroll the following school year. Everyone in grades 7 – 12 entering the lottery will be wait listed. As spaces become available in your grade, we will contact families in the order of the wait list.
Initial 2021-22 offers will be made to students on the wait lists in May. Offers will continue to be made throughout the summer as spaces open at each grade level. Wait lists for the 2021-22 school year will expire on September 30, 2021.
The Toledo School for the Arts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or sexual orientation, gender or gender expression, 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:
Taylor Fowler, Human Resources and Diversity Manager Toledo School for the Arts
333 14th Street, Toledo, OH 43604