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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

  • Provide Reference ID Numbers from the two individuals who completed your ONLINE Recommendation Form. Online recommendations are completed at

  • Provide a personal resumé in PDF format with a photo embedded

  • Provide a PDF or photo of your most recent report card with cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher (home school/virtual school students need to provide a 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.

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 online application for next year is now closed.

The deadline to apply for the 2024-25 school year
was January 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

If you want to be notified about any late auditions that may become available,

click here to provide your contact information.

Important Dates for
2024-25 Enrollment

(Dates subject to change)


Applications Open:

November 6, 2023

Parent/Student Info Sessions

November 16, 2023 at 7 p.m.

December 4, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Applications Due:

January 8, 2024 (by 11:59 p.m.)

Audition Schedules Announced:

On or before January 16, 2024


Jan. 22 - 31, 2024

(Specific dept. dates can be viewed by clicking here)

Audition Results Emailed:

March 18, 2024

New Student/Parent Meeting:

April 3, 2024 @ 6:00 p.m.

Return Signed Contract:

April 10, 2024

Updated Audition Requirements can be found here.

Have questions about the application/audition process?

Click here for answers to our frequently asked questions.

The Quality of a Harrison Education

The Class of 2023:

  • 91% graduated with honors (3.2+ GPA)

  • Over half graduated with 4.0 or above

  • Completed over 35,000 hours of community service during their four years at Harrison

  • Received over $5.4 million in scholarship offers

  • 64% pass rate on AP Exams, with a 82% pass rate on their Harrison AP Exams

  • Average SAT EBRW & Math score of 1157 and ACT score of 22.3

Why Harrison?

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

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