Admissions and Enrollment
Harrison School for the Arts is a public high school of choice in Polk County, Florida, open to high school students who meet admission requirements and are selected through an audition process. Applications are typically made available in November each year for enrollment in the following school year. Students may apply for up to two departments and must submit their application online prior to the deadline. The application for Harrison is now completely online.
Students completing the online application will be required to:
Complete all basic demographic information
Upload a personal resumé with a photo embedded
Provide Reference ID Numbers from the two individuals who completed your ONLINE Recommendation Form
Upload a copy/photo of most recent report card with cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher (home school/virtual school students need to upload a copy of transcript or other proof of grades and current grade level)
Electronically sign the application (an electronic signature is also required by a parent)
If you are auditioning for Creative Writing, Motion Picture Arts, or Visual Arts, you must also submit your digital portfolio/writing samples for that department. See audition requirements for more specifics.
To see the specific dates departments will be holding auditions, click here.
Students with a complete application submitted before the deadline are then scheduled for an audition. Auditions are conducted in late January and early February and are closed to observers. Students who audition are then notified in regard to their audition results.
The deadline to apply for the 2023-24 school year
is January 9, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
Important Dates for
(Dates subject to change)
November 1, 2022
Parent/Student Info Sessions
November 28, 2022 at 7 p.m.
December 6, 2022 at 7 p.m.
January 9, 2023 (by 11:59 p.m.)
Audition Notices Emailed:
On or before January 17, 2023
Jan. 24 - Feb. 1, 2023
(Specific dept. dates can be found here)
Audition Results Emailed:
March 24 at 4:00 p.m. (tentative)
New Student/Parent Meeting:
April 4, 2023 at 6 p.m.
Return Signed Contract:
April 11, 2023
Info for the online recommendation form is available here.
Updated Audition Requirements can be found here.
The online application for 23-24 is now closed.
Sign up here to be contacted about potential late applications.
Have questions about the application/audition process?
The Quality of a Harrison Education
The Class of 2022:
92% graduated with honors (3.2+ GPA)
Over half graduated with 4.0 or above
Completed over 40,000 hours of community service during their four years at Harrison
Received over $8.1 million in scholarship offers
61% pass rate on AP Exams, with a 85% pass rate on their Harrison AP Exams
Average SAT Reading & Math score of 1149 and ACT score of 22.6
Here are just a few reasons why you should consider Harrison for your student:
A dedicated, caring staff of practicing artists (most with advanced degrees)
An enriched arts experience unlike most traditional schools
Personalized guidance services
Small class sizes
Focus on work ethic and time management skills
“Best of Both Worlds" experience at Harrison and Lakeland