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School Year 2020-2021 Admissions Process Update:

Due to the ongoing global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, all admissions events will be held virtually until further notice. Now more than ever, please be sure to check your email regularly and ensure we have your contact information on file. We will update this page once the process is finalized, thank you.

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Could Duke Ellington School of the Arts be for you?

Click here to visit MySchoolDC to apply now! 

Do you hang out at Smithsonian museums instead of the shopping mall? Do you dance to the beat of a different drum? Are you having a romance with the written word? Are your days infused with music? Are your doodles masterpieces?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, it may be time to set your creative self in motion—to become the artist you know you can be—Duke Ellington School of the Arts could help you do just that!

Ellington guides 9th to 12th grade students through a full academic course of study and an arts major: Dance, Literary Media and Communications, Museum Studies, Instrumental or Vocal Music, Theatre, Technical Design and Production, or Visual Arts. Ellington auditions incoming 9th and 10th graders and verified D.C. residents attend tuition-free. (Non-residents must pay tuition to the District of Columbia Public Schools.)

You’re welcome to audition for one or two artistic fields. However, while attending Ellington, you will major in a single art. Preview our arts majors by clicking on an arts area below.  And be sure to click here to sign up for email updates about admissions, workshop, and performance events.


Course Categories
Dance Instrumental Music
Literary Media and Communications Museum Studies
Technical Design and Production Theatre
Visual Arts Vocal Music

Ready to get started???

Learn more and start the process – see our Admissions Calendar & Audition Schedule.



Office of Admissions

Director of External Affairs, Savannah R. Overton Williams

Duke Ellington School of the Arts does not discriminate in the admissions process based on an applicant’s disability in conformance with the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.  Admissions candidates who have passed their audition are requested to submit their IEP or 504 Plan prior to testing in order that we may be sure to give an applicant their appropriate testing accommodations.

If your student is in need of any accommodation with the application, audition, testing or family interview, please let Ms. Wiliams know as soon as possible so we can ensure all needs are met in a timely manner.