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The Arts Academy’s mission is to foster artistic talent in our students by offering targeted training and opportunities within a creative environment, thereby preparing them for higher education and professions in the arts. The academy is open to all students grades 5 through 12 through audition and will offer music, art, dance, drama and digital/media art courses to students at all five district schools.


  • Music

    • Students will receive advanced instruction in instrumental and choral music from 5th to 12th grade, with numerous performance opportunities and after school programs.
  • Art

    • Visual art experiences begin in elementary school and continue through middle and high school, with expanded semester and AP course selections available in a variety of media like ceramics and painting.
  • Dance

    • Fifth grade students will take weekly dance classes, then be invited to choose between a variety of middle and high school courses for intensive training during the school day.
  • Drama

    • Training for the stage is provided weekly in 5th grade, then expands into daily classes at the middle and high school. Performance and technical theater training will be available for all high school students, who will perform two full theater productions each year at the BCPAC.

Faculty and Facilities

Instruction will be provided by certified, full-time faculty in art, drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music at the elementary, middle and high school levels during the school day. Classes will be held at all five district schools, as well as the Boyle County Performing Arts Center, a 500-seat, state-of-the-art facility that is equipped to host school, community-based, and professional performances.

Guidance + Seal of Arts Excellence

Middle and high school arts academy students will receive personalized scheduling and registration supervised by a specific arts academy designated advisor. Middle school students will be placed into a course each year that aligns with their primary focus discipline. High school students will pursue the Kentucky Department of Education’s Seal of Arts Excellence by completing a series of 3-4 courses and a culminating project in a specific art form. This program will prepare students for auditions of various types and guide them toward college readiness in the arts. Upon graduation, students will receive a seal on their diploma and cords for graduation.


Summer auditions will be held on August 1. This application will open in May and the deadline to apply is July 22. The summer auditions are specifically for current BCAA students that want to gain acceptance in additional disciplines, students transferring into Boyle County Schools, and any child that may have missed the winter auditions. Acceptance is immediate and qualifies students for all benefits of the Academy for the 24-25 school year.

Winter auditions will be February 19-20. This application will open in December and the deadline to apply will be February 3. These auditions are reserved for students that are looking to gain acceptance to the Academy for the first time. Acceptance will be followed up with an Induction Ceremony in March. Acceptance at this audition qualifies students for all the benefits of the Academy for the 25-26 school year.

Students who have already been identified as Gifted and Talented in the arts do not need to audition but must still fill out an application. GT students gain admittance through teacher recommendation.

Once any student is accepted, they need not apply again.


Jimmy Cornn
Arts Academy Director
859.236.6634, ext 3192

Sid Woolcott
Administrative Assistant
859.236.6634, ext 3191