Boston Arts Academy

Boston Arts Academy (BAA),a pilot school, is charged with being a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation. We prepare a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholars-citizens to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society.

BAA seeks students who are passionate about the arts, who work and learn together as a community, and who reflect the diversity of Boston. The school builds on a student's potential in the arts by expecting the necessary commitment and self-discipline to advance through the school's academic and artistic studies. BAA is a Designated Expanded Learning Time (ELT) school and has a longer school day to schedule and provide academic, art, and student wellness resources that are core to the teaching and learning environment.

What Makes Our School Special:

  • A collaborative project of the Boston Public Schools and the Professional Arts Consortium: Berklee College of Music, Boston Architectural College, The Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • High-level training for students in dance, music, theater, or visual arts in the context of a college preparatory curriculum
  • Individualized attention for each student by our experienced, award winning staff
  • PSAT and SAT test prep classes
  • Success after graduation: an average of 94% of graduates are accepted to college each year
  • A full-inclusion high school, offering comprehensive services to deaf and hard of hearing students and students with disabilities
  • Dual enrollment available in partner colleges
  • STEAM (science/technology/engineering/arts/math) lab to integrate subjects in an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum in a way that more closely aligns with what students will experience in college and the workforce
  • Partnerships with the Museum of Fine Arts and others that provide resources and opportunities to our students

Special admission process

  • Application process includes an audition or presentation component
  • All students who apply to Boston Arts Academy for 2016-2017 must be residents of the city of Boston by June 30, 2016.
  • Application available online
  • Application deadline is January 8, 2016.
  • Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 30 and Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Contact the BAA

2014 bronze


Anne Clark

174 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-635-6470
Fax: 617-635-8854

School website


School Hours:

8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.
8:00 a.m. - 1:10 p.m Fri.

Early Dismissal, day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:55 p.m.

Grades: 9-12
School Type: Pilot