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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

  • 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
2023-24 Enrollment

(Dates subject to change)


Applications Open:

November 1, 2022

Parent/Student Info Sessions

November 28, 2022 at 7 p.m.

December 6, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Applications Due:

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, but we are accepting late applications in specific departments.

Click here for more info.

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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