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 2020-2019 School Year

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

TBA-JCPS online application opens

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

TBA Early Review* application packet submission deadline

TBA Early Review* auditions

TBA- Early Review applicants notified

TBA - JCPS online application closes

TBA Application packet submission deadline 

TBA- 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.