4 Year Academy Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Apply?
Click on the "4 Year Academy Application" link on the left to apply. Follow the "Academy Application Instructions".
Print copies of the application can be obtained by contacting Debbie Cittadino at 732-842-8000 ext. 227
When Is the Application Due?
Applications are due no later than December 16th, 2016
Admission Testing for all applicants will be held on February 4, 2017
Visual and Performing Arts Academy Auditions and Portfolio Reviews will be held on January 14, 2017
What Happens After You Receive My Application?
After receipt of your application it will be reviewed for grades, test scores, attendance, and applicant’s statement. Audition appointments and Admission Testing confirmations will be sent by postcard. This process takes about a week after receiving your information.
If I Am From Out-of-District Who Pays My Tuition?
When considering Red Bank Regional High School from outside our sending districts please consider: Out-of-district students pay tuition, which in some cases, is paid by the sending school district. If the sending district will not cover the tuition and/or transportation it will be the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian. Please contact your sending district’s Business Administrator or Superintendent for this information. Your sending district is the only one that can provide payment information.
When Will I Know My Acceptance Status?
You will be notified within thirty days of the Admissions Test. Acceptance letters are mailed with a contract to be signed and returned.
Will I Have to Take Any Other Tests?
After acceptance but before scheduling, (usually in the Spring) all students will be required to take placement tests in Math, World Language, and possibly Science.
If I Am Accepted, When Will I Schedule My Classes at RBR for 2017-2018?
Scheduling for the 2017-2018 school year is done in May and June annually through RBR’s Guidance office by appointment only. This appointment will not be made until all placement tests are complete and your file is given to the guidance office.
Can I Take a Tour? How Does My Child "Shadow" an Existing Student?
Interested 8th Grade applicants and their families should attend our 8th Grade Open House on Thursday, October 27th.
Tours can be given to 8th Grade applicants and their families who cannot attend the Open House.Tours depend on Faculty availability).
"Shadows" are half-day experiences where an accepted incoming applicant is paired with an existing major. A student must have been accepted to an Academy to participate. "Shadows" are scheduled with Debbie Cittadino (VPA, AOF, Early Childhood) ext. 227 and Maggie Kirk (AOE, AOIT) ext. 212.
I currently attend RBR as my regular education high school. Can I apply for an Academy?
Freshmen are permitted to apply "In-House" to our 4-Year Programs. See Guidance for an In-House application prior to December 16th, 2016. There is no Admissions Test for In-House applicants. VPA applicants will complete an audition or portfolio review.
Visual and Performing Arts FAQ
How Do I Prepare My Portfolio or For My Audition?
Review the "VPA Academy Audition Portfolio Requirements." Begin working on the portfolio requirements for your major immediately.Your portfolio or audition will reflect the amount of time you have put into it. You may need an adult to assist you in the preparation and process.
Do I Send My Portfolio with My Application?
Only Creative Writing Major applicants must include their four writing samples with the application. Photo and Interactive Media applicants should send their video and photo work via e-mail by January 1, 2017. All other portfolio reviews will be conducted by appointment on January 14, 2017.
How Do Auditions and Portfolio Reviews Work?
Once you have received your appointment time, you will report to Red Bank Regional High School on January 14, 2017, 20 minutes before your designated appointment. Check-in at our tables in the lobby. Student guides will lead you to your destination. Parents may wait in the designated area. Auditions/interviews are approximately 10-20 minutes. Dance auditions are all scheduled from 10:30-12:30pm.
What Should I Do If I Don't Have an Accompanist for My Vocal Audition?
You may bring recorded instrumental accompaniment (background vocals are acceptable) on CD, Smartphone, MP3 Player, or via YouTube. Vocal applicants can check the box on the application indicating that an accompanist is needed or request an accompanist by contacting Debbie Cittadino at 732-842-8000 ext. 227 two weeks in advance of the audition. Applicants are asked to provide sheet music.