TSA to Hold New Student Open House this Saturday

Posted Jan 9th, 2015 by Lindsay Williams  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Toledo School for the Arts will hold their annual New Student Open House this Saturday, January 10th at 10am. This event is the pinnacle of the enrollment season. TSA (located at 333 14th Street in downtown Toledo, Ohio) began taking 2015-16 applications in October, but with a January 30th deadline for Lottery inclusion just ahead, the time to apply is now! Open House provides one last look at the school, and is a day full of activities central to potential students’ needs and interests.
Those in attendance are given extensive student-led tours of the school, including the junior high and high school academic floors, a fourth floor full of artistic studios and the theater, two galleries, the Flying Pig Café, and the most recently renovated Center for Arts & Industry.

Other activities during New Student Open House include Q & A sessions for families with Director Martin Porter and Board President Bill Bostleman, a Student Extracurricular Organizations Fair, a meet and greet with the TSA Parents’ Org (complete with treats and coffee!), opportunities to talk with TSA teachers and students, performances and arts activities, and an Enrollment Counseling center.
The Enrollment Counseling area is an informational space for those families who have questions about the application process, would like to begin their online application, or who may be bringing documents required to complete the application. Enrollment Counselors in the center include the TSA staff who regularly work with families during the season, Guidance Office staff, and seasoned parents who have been trained to assist with the application process. “The online process is really very easy, but there are always some questions. We like to be able to provide this space during Open House to be sure all families are confident in understanding our process. Charter school enrollment is different and can be intimidating to new parents, but it shouldn’t be! Open House is an excellent place to ask questions, and for those without home internet or a scanner, it’s a great resource to get everything finished in a single day,” explained Katie Heilakka, a Principal’s Assistant for TSA.

Most are familiar with TSA’s excellent artistic programming as the school has nearly 130 performances each year, but the academic program is equally challenging. The school has been rated Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education for nearly a decade, and with the new rating system they’ve achieved 17 out of 17 indicators to score 100% on the State Report Card. Recently named one of the Top 25 Urban School by the Fordham Institute, TSA has numerous other awards such as being listed among America’s Best High Schools by US News and World Report three times. TSA is sponsored by an institute of higher learning- Bowling Green State University- and each student in grades 6-12 receives an individual iPad.

“We are so grateful for the community support that has allowed us to complete the first phases of the Technology, Arts and Industry Campaign. The iPads have absolutely changed our teaching and curriculum for the better, allowing for more flexibility in learning and teachers to ‘flip’ their classrooms for more discussion time and comprehensive projects during class time. The Center for Arts & Industry has deepened our artistic bench, giving students more experience in technical art forms such as set construction, lighting, audio recording, marketing, costuming, and more. We’re a little ways to go before campaign end, but all of the newness will be very exciting for potential students. Our arts-integrated model is one of a kind and we can’t wait to show and tell on Saturday,” said Marty Porter, TSA Director.

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Lindsay Williams - Toledo School for the Arts | Toledo, OH

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