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 2022-23 school year
is January 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Important Dates for
2022-23 Enrollment

(Dates subject to change)


Applications Open:

November 2, 2021

Parent/Student Info Sessions

November 30, 2021 at 7 p.m.

December 6, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Applications Due:

January 9, 2022 (by 11:59 p.m.)

Audition Notices Emailed:

January 18, 2022


Jan. 25 - Feb. 3, 2022

(Click here for dept. dates)

Audition Results Emailed:

March 28, 2022

New Student/Parent Meeting:

Apr. 13, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Return Signed Contract:

Apr. 18, 2022

The online application for Harrison is available here.

Info for the online recommendation form is available here.

Updated Audition Requirements are available here.


Have questions about the application/audition process?

Come to our information meetings on Nov. 30 or Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

in the Harrison Theatre, 750 Hollingsworth Rd., Lakeland, FL

The Quality of a Harrison Education

The Class of 2020:

  • 97% graduated with honors (3.2+ GPA)

  • 59% graduated with 4.0 or above

  • Completed over 40,000 hours of community service during their four years at Harrison

  • Received over $5.4 million in scholarship offers

  • 59% pass rate on AP Exams, with a 89% pass rate on their Harrison AP Exams

  • Average SAT Reading & Math score of 1188 and ACT score of 24.2

Why Harrison?

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider Harrison for your student:

  • A dedicated, caring staff of practicing artists - 65% with advanced degrees

  • Personalized guidance services

  • Small class sizes

  • Focus on work ethic and time management skills

  • “Best of Both Worlds”