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Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) serves students in grades 6-12 who have a strong interest in the arts, or who are proficient in a particular arts discipline. ACMA students desire a rigorous arts integrated education. ACMA offers students a rich, pre-professional experience that includes dance, instrumental and vocal music, theater, visual and electronic arts and creative writing.

The decision to attend an arts magnet school is one that must be made by the entire family. When the “fit” is right, school becomes a working relationship between the parents, student, and faculty.

Thank you for your interest in ACMA. 

        Print ACMA Brochure here

THE APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. The application process will begin again in  October 2017 for the 2018/2019 school year.

 All BSD Options Schools use the BSD Options Common Application.

October 24, 2016

Application window opens for 2016/2017 school year.   The Learning Options Application Process is now online.  Applications will be available on the BSD Website beginning October 24, 2016.  School counselors will provide hard copies of the Learning Options Application to students and parents who do not have internet access at home.  Hard copy applications should be submitted to the Learning Options Office by fax, mail, or hand-delivered just as they have in previous years.
November 8, 2016
December 1, 2016
December 6, 2016
Take a closer look at ACMA.  Join us at 6:30 pm in our Arts Center for an informational presentation.  The Information Nights are intended for applicant and family.  Families do not need to preregister for these presentations.
January 4, 2017
January 6, 2017
Application window closes. Applications must be received at the BSD Options Administration Office by 4:00 pm.  Please do not deliver the completed application to ACMA.
December 1, 2016
December 2, 2016
December 7, 2016
ACMA Shadow Opportunities
Shadow Days are opportunities for interested prospective students to spend a day at ACMA.  A shadow day provides the opportunity to determine whether ACMA is a "good fit" for the student.  Prospective students are "buddied" with a current ACMA student of similar age and arts interest.  Please call ACMA at 503-356-3678 to schedule a shadow day.

Shadow Days for Incoming Grades 7 - 12 are listed in column at left.

Incoming 6th Grade shadow days take place AFTER the lottery.
January 6, 2017
January 9, 2017

Lottery conducted for programs where the number of applicants exceeds space available. The lottery is not open to the public.
January 10, 2017 Admissions decisions are mailed to the applicant.
Letters offering enrollment or notification of wait pool status will be mailed.
January 25, 2017
Commitment To Attend Postcards must be returned to the BSD Administration Office.  Must be postmarked no later than January 25, 2017.

2nd Consideration Applications due at ACMA.
January 31 -
February 7, 2017
Second Consideration Process Period.
February 8, 2017

2nd Consideration notification letters mailed from ACMA.

2nd Consideration acceptance - Shadow Days (6th Grade)
For additional information:
Contact ACMA, 503-356-3670 (Press Option 4)