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The dynamic OPEN DAY programme offers an opportunity for interested parents and learners to engage directly with the specialist arts educators, academic teachers, current learners and parents, Representative Council of Learners and Governing Body Representatives of the NSA. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the school community in rehearsals for productions for the up-coming NSA Festival of the Arts; including Gibson Kente’s musical ‘Too Late’, a spectrum of dance in ‘Bridges & Arches’ and an urban reimagining of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The NSA’s art department will also be making final preparations for their Festival exhibitions and installations.
The National School of the Arts has been at the forefront of specialised arts education for 50 years. Classified as a School of Specialisation in Performing and Creative Arts, the NSA is a public funded school providing specialised vocational training in art, dance, drama and music with an equal emphasis on the academic curriculum.
The World Economic Forum has determined that the top three skills required in the workforce by the year 2020 will be complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. Exemplifying this claim that “Creativity is the currency of the 21st Century” the National School of the Arts produces learners who excel across the spectrum of careers – from art to astrophysics, ballet to chemical engineering, music to medicine; living the school motto of “Realising Dreams through Excellence in Arts and Academics.”
Currently, the top performing academic school in district 11 with a proud academic record spanning five decades, the NSA class of 2018 delivered 122 distinctions, with an 80% bachelor pass rate. At the district awards the NSA received nine top educator awards in the following fields: Visual Arts, Design, Dance, Drama, Music, History, Business Studies, Maths Lit and Afrikaans while five learners scooped top achiever awards in their subjects. 2018 also ended with the celebratory news that a drama matriculant from the class of 2013, Emily Wallace, had just been awarded a Rhodes scholarship to continue her post-graduate studies in astrophysics at Oxford University.
Applications for Grade 8 are made on the GDE online system.
Grades 9-11 are made at the admissions office at the school.