• Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School is the most comprehensive performing arts high school in Kentucky where students have the distinct opportunity to train, learn, and nurture their talent to become tomorrow's artists. Students are selected to attend by a competitive process that evaluates achievement test scores, academic achievement, personal essays, teacher recommendations, performing arts auditions, and on-site writing prompt. Jefferson County residents are not charged tuition. Residency in Jefferson County is required for admission to the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School.

  • Application Timeline for 2019-2020 School Year
  • 10/27/18 Showcase of Schools; 9:00-4:00 at KY International Convention Center
  • 10/29/18-JCPS online application opens
  • 11/1/18 - Manual 8th Grade Open House; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 11/7/18 Early Review* application packet submission deadline
  • 11/12/18-12/7/18 Early Review* auditions
  • 12/11/18- Early Review applicants notified
  • 12/19/18 - JCPS online application closes
  • 12/19/18 Application packet submission deadline 
  • 1/14/19-2/8/19 Auditions
  • Late February – Applicants notified of admission decision
  • *Western Middle School students and Noe Middle School students recognized as Gifted in Visual and Performing Arts are eligible for early review auditions.