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Step-by-Step Application


Students apply for the Cinematic Arts Academy along with the other Millikan academies between August and January for the following school year.

We are sorry, but due to the high number of applicants, students with incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.

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Check out the campus and have your questions answered about our academy and the application process.

Part I: Online Application to the Cinematic Arts Academy

The Cinematic Arts Academy application requires:

  1. Most recent standardized test scores
  2. Last two years of final grades
  3. A well-written three paragraph essay by the student detailing why they are interested in the Cinematic Arts Academy
  4. A link to an example of their filmmaking
    • Film should be 3-5 minutes in length
    • Subject matter may include: Documentaries, Short Narratives, School Projects etc.
    • Film must be written, directed, and edited by the student with minimal help from parents and teachers.

Applications will be accepted soon.

  • Applications are accepted online between September 15, 2018 and January 31, 2019.
  • Accept/Decline/Waitlist emails for the Cinematic Arts Academy will be sent in early March.
  • Waitlisted students will be notified by the first week of May of availability in the Cinematic Arts
Part II: Application to Millikan Middle School
  1. If your child wants to apply to become part of the Cinematic Arts Academy, you must also ensure your child can attend Millikan.
  2. If Millikan is your child’s school of residence, you are all set.
  3. If Millikan is NOT your child’s school of residence, you need to become eligible to attend Millikan. Many families apply to the Millikan Affiliated Charter lottery or other applications such as guardian work permit. Some families enter by applying to the Millikan Performing Arts Magnet lottery. However, please note that students applying to Cinematic Arts through the Magnet will only be able to attend Cinematic Arts and NOT all the other academy cross-curriculum classes, due to Magnet rules.
  4. The deadline for the Magnet lottery is typically in November. Please check eChoices.
  5. The Charter Lottery link will be live soon.
  6. The Charter and Magnet Lottery Drawings are usually in early March.

Review our FAQs for answers to many common questions.