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Common Questions and Answers

Who is eligible to apply?

Any student, grades 3 - 7, who is a resident of Fayette County.  Non-Fayette County residents are not eligible for this program.

Can I apply in more than one arts area?

Students are allowed to audition in only ONE (1) arts area.

Do I have to have taken private lessons in my arts area?

No.  Students are not required to have had formal training in any of the arts areas prior to applying for SCAPA.

How are students selected for the school?

Current FCPS students who are interested in potentially being identified as gifted in an arts area will participate in district-wide visual/performing arts auditions that will be video-taped/submitted through their home school.  District Visual/Performing Arts Audition Committees, comprised of SCAPA teachers, district arts specialists in each arts area, and gifted specialists will determine which students will be referred to SCAPA for possible placement for the following school year.

Students who are not currently enrolled in FCPS will participate in a similar process with their auditions being video-taped/submitted to the district VPA audition committees on a date to be determined once the application window closes.

After all auditions are complete, the SCAPA Gifted/Talented Recommendation Committee (SCAPA GRC) will meet to review the audition results and supplementary evidence for the referred students to determine possible offers of placement, potential placement on the waiting list, or recommendation for non-SCAPA school-based services.

When are application materials available? 

Applications will be available January 6, 2024 through January 24, 2024 via this website and via the FCPS website.  


How do I apply?

To apply for SCAPA Bluegrass, begin the process by completing the Fayette County Gifted/Talented Application beginning on January 6, 2024 and no later than January 24, 2024. The application can be obtained and submitted on-line at or using the link on this website.

Middle School Results (current 5th, 6th, 7th grade) will be emailed March 15, 2024. - NOTE DATE CHANGE!!

Elementary School Results (current 3rd, 4th grade) will be emailed March 7, 2024.

How are the arts classes worked into the regular school day?

SCAPA students balance arts classes with academic classes on a daily basis. All students attend academic classes in all core subjects on a daily basis.  In addition, elementary students take class in their arts major three (3) days per week and also take classes each day in a different arts area (i.e. Monday - Art, Tuesday - Dance, Wednesday - Drama, etc.). Middle school students take class in their arts major each school day, take class in an arts minor three (3) days per week, and take an arts elective course two (2) days per week.

In order to accommodate the additional arts classes, SCAPA Bluegrass operates on an extended-day schedule.  School begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.

How many students attend SCAPA?

SCAPA has a current enrollment cap of 302 students.  Please note that enrollment may change as circumstances warrant adjustment.