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 2020-2021 School Year

10/12/19-Showcase of Schools; 9:00-4:00 at KY International Convention Center

10/28/19-JCPS online application opens

10/29/19 - Manual 8th Grade Open House; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

11/6/19- Early Review application packet submission deadline*

11/18/19-12/11/19- Early Review Auditions*

12/13/19- YPAS Early Review applicants notified by email (MST notified 12/11/19 and VA notified 12/12/19)*

12/18/19- JCPS online application closes

12/18/19- Application packet submission deadline 

1/13/20-2/4/20- Auditions

2/28/20 – Applicants notified of admission decision by email. Hard copies mailed that same day.

*Western Middle School students and Noe Middle School students recognized as Gifted in Visual and Performing Arts are eligible for early review auditions.