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Summer Program Application & Recommendations FAQ

Do I have to be in a certain grade to apply to GSA Summer Program?

Yes. While students may attend Prep Workshops in November and December as freshmen, sophomores, or juniors, only sophomores and juniors can apply to Summer Program.


Does GSA require a certain GPA, ACT or SAT score in order to apply?

No, there is no minimum GPA, ACT or SAT score in order to apply for the GSA Summer Program.  If accepted to the program, students may be asked to provide similar information in paperwork but this is optional and only for statistical purposes.


Can I apply in more than one art form?

Yes! GSA encourages students who feel proficient in more than one art form to apply in two art forms (the maximum).


What is the application fee?

$30 for one art form, $35 for two.  If you apply in two art forms, you’ll receive further instructions within the application portal Acceptd.

Does everyone pay the application fee?

For students who qualify for free or reduced lunch; the application fee is waived.  Again, you’ll receive further instructions within the application on Acceptd’s site.


How do I pay the application fee?

Paying for the application is simple and straightforward. You’ll do it  with a credit or debit card through your application on the Acceptd site once you submit. Please note: we no longer accept payment via Paypal, check or money order.  Please do not attempt to pay for your application in these ways.


How do I get to the Acceptd site? Can I submit my application any other way?

All applications will be submitted through Acceptd. Please note: GSA cannot accept applications which are emailed or mailed paper applications.

Is there a recommendation process for the Summer Program application?

Yes. Students must acquire both a teacher and administrator recommendation for each applied art form (so, up to 4 recommendations if applying in 2 art forms). You will supply your teacher's and administrator's email address in the first part of the application.  They will receive an email with an online recommendation form link from Acceptd. 

Who can submit a recommendation on my behalf?

Teacher recommendations must come from a teacher in the applied art form at school or from outside school (including private instructors, directors or coaches). Teachers in other content areas are permitted to supply your recommendation, however we ask that you only do this if an art form teacher is not available.


Administrator recommendations must come from someone in leadership at school such as a principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, GT coach or career counselor.  If your school has an administration structure different from this (and only if it is different) a recommendation from a community leader will suffice.  A community leader can be a leader at your religious organization, an administrator at your homeschool’s co-op etc.


My student goes to a huge school.  Their administrator doesn’t know them well enough to complete a recommendation. What now?

The administrator recommendation form is general in nature and can be filled out by administrators of big and small schools utilizing a student’s file. The administrator recommendation doesn’t have to speak to the student’s artistry, but more so their participation as a student.


My student doesn’t have an instructor in school or outside school in their artform. What do we do?

If at all possible, please try to obtain a teacher recommendation from an actual art form teacher.  This could be a former teacher; it need not be a current one (e.g. your student just moved schools).

How does the recommendation process work?

While it is a great idea to go ahead and formally ask your recommenders if they will write or complete a form for you in advance, applicants will actually complete the process within the Acceptd application portal.  An applicant will be prompted to enter the email and name of each of their recommenders.  Those indicated as recommenders will receive an email to let them know they have a recommendation form to complete.  The subject line will actually be "Documentation Requested." (Please note: this email will come from Acceptd, not GSA).

I’m a teacher or administrator. Can the applicant view my submission?

All recommendations are kept confidential. The applicant will receive only an email notification that the recommendation has been completed.


The deadline for application and recommendations is in mid January.  What if my student submits their application on the deadline? Will they be disqualified for not having my recommendation yet?

There will be a short grace period of a week for teachers and administrators to complete recommendation requests following the application deadline.  Anticipating that there may be many requests for teachers and administrators near the deadline, GSA asks that you please encourage your students to request their recommendations and complete their application in a timely manner.


I’m having trouble completing my application for my art form because I don’t own a video camera/have access to an accompanist/go to a private studio etc.

Content for your application (including videos) need not be professional or flashy. Do the best you can and put your best foot forward!  Using your phone or a tablet device for your videos is totally permissible. Students are encouraged to seek out resources available at the local library, makerspaces, places of worship and even the school gym. If you’re having trouble, ask a teacher (and it need not be a teacher in your art form) if they have any ideas. Be creative!


Updated 08/19

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