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Walnut Hill School for the Arts


Dear Prospective Families,


Get ready to learn about a school that’s like no other—a school where you’re as likely to learn about Sondheim as you are Chaucer, where murals have turned our academic building into an art gallery, and where you can find yourself in a community of other students who are as committed to their future as artists as they are their high school experience.

I invite you to explore our offerings—and see if you believe, as we do, that the arts have the power to shape and change the world around you.

Are you ready to be a Walnut? We believe so.

Jason Hersom
Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Non-Discrimination Statement

Walnut Hill School for the Arts adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. Walnut Hill does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other school program.

Admission Steps:


Schedule a Tour

We hold campus tours, along with interviews and auditions, daily. Auditions can be done as part of the visit as well!



Submit your application materials by our priority deadline of January 15.



We ask for Math, English, and Arts teacher recommendations. You will also submit your last 3 years of grades along with a recommendation from your guidance counselor or similar school administrator.


Audition/Portfolio Review

The audition and portfolio review is an important step in the admission process. You may visit campus for your audition or portfolio review, as well as submit your materials online.


Follow Along

Be sure to follow Walnut Hill on social media, especially our Admissions Tumblr, to keep up with everything going on at the School.

Admission Events

Meet Our Admissions Team

Susanne Carpenter

Susanne Carpenter

Oversees Enrollment Management
Jason Hersom

Jason Hersom

Coordinates Theater & Summer Theater Admission
Andrew Houlihan

Andrew Houlihan

Coordinates Visual Art & Writing, Film & Media Arts Admission
Lela Paultre

Lela Paultre

Coordinates Dance Admission & Summer Dance Admissions
Christina Evans

Christina Evans

Carol Kelley