Summer Program Application & Digital Submission FAQ


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

Yes. While students may attend ArtShops in November as a freshman, sophomore or junior 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 through your application on the Acceptd site once you submit. Please note: we no longer accept payment via Paypal.  Please do not attempt to pay for your application this way.


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

All applications for 2017 will be submitted through Acceptd. Please  note: GSA will not accept applications or digital submissions which are emailed or mailed paper applications.


Is there a recommendation process for the 2017 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). By providing contact information through Acceptd, your recommenders will respond to prompts within the application process.


Who can submit a recommendation on my behalf?

Teacher recommendations must come from a teacher in the art form at school or from outside school (including private instructors, directors or coaches).


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 this year.  An applicant will be prompted to enter the email and name of each of their recommenders.  Once the application is submitted, those recommenders will receive an email to let them know they have a recommendation form and optional document to complete through Acceptd. (Please note: this email will come from Acceptd, not GSA).


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

As in years past, all recommendations are kept confidential. The applicant will receive only an email notification that the recommendation has been completed.


The deadline for application, digital submissions and recommendations is January 15.  What if my student submits their application on January 15? 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 15th, 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 digital submission 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 digital submission (including videos) need not be professional or flashy. Do the best you can and put your best foot forward!  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!