Applying to Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway School of the Arts is a public magnet (or “choice”) school in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

While CCSA is a public school, as a magnet/choice school, we do not have what is referred to as a “feeder pattern”. No child is automatically assigned to Cab Calloway School of the Arts; rather, every student has “choiced” into the school, selecting it over other district-designated middle or high schools.

There is no tuition charge to attend CCSA, even if you reside outside the Red Clay Consolidated School District; however, you must be a Delaware resident. Cab Calloway School of the Arts cannot accept out-of-state residents. Cab Calloway School of the Arts offers a rigorous academic program, infused with the arts, for students entering grades six through twelve. The ideal time to apply to Cab Calloway is for grades 6 and 9. Students should apply when they are in 5th grade for our middle school and 8th grade for our high school. Due to limited seats in 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades, applications are limited to Red Clay residents.


November 7, 2016 – January 11, 2017 – TO APPLY ONLINE LOG ONTO


 PLEASE NOTE:  ALL assessment time and invite decision notifications will be done by email

PLEASE NOTE: When applying online, both the state choice application and the Cab Calloway application are combined into one.  Please remember to keep hitting submit until you receive the confirmation page with the confirmation number.



Middle School – Monday, November 7th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm

High School – Monday, November 14th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm 


See the consolidated requirements and rubrics here or go on the specific arts area tab located under “Middle School or High School Assessment”

For more information, contact Debra Fawcett by email: or by phone: (302) 651-2705


Cab Calloway’s Choice Application Process

Your student will be asked to select at least 1 (but up to 2) arts areas in which to assess—a first choice and a second choice. CCSA offers several art areas, including Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Communication Arts, Vocal Music, Strings, Piano, and Instrumental Music.


November 7, 2016 – January 11, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: All Delaware residents may apply online at which will take you to the Delaware State Choice Application.  The Cab Calloway application is part of the state choice application. The applications become available on November 7st.  Please remember to keep hitting submit until you receive the confirmation page with the confirmation number.  Print out the confirmation page and keep until assessments.

Due to limited seats in 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, Red Clay residents will be given priority for assessments.

Complete the applications before the January 11, 2017 deadline.  If your student is coming from a private or charter school, you must first pre-register at your public “feeder” school before completing the applications.  When pre-registering, please have the school give you the new Student ID for your child.  This may be needed during the application process.

Applications must be received before 4:00 pm on January 11, 2017.  Applications received after that time will be considered late and cannot be considered for enrollment.

You will be contacted with an appointment for an assessment. Scheduling assessments for 1200+ students each year in the time allotted is challenging and Cab Calloway School of the Arts wants to make sure each student receives equal time with the arts assessor. Therefore, please understand that  EXCEPT FOR EXTREME EMERGENCIES we are unable to reschedule any assessments. Please contact our admissions office if you have a question regarding the need to reschedule. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ASSESSMENTS: If your student is assessing for the Charter School of Wilmington, please schedule your student’s testing for Charter School of Wilmington on December 10, 2016 to avoid any conflicts.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL assessment time and invite decision notifications will be done by email.  The email will come from DSC Helpdesk so, please make sure that your computer will accept the email.


Saturday, January 7, 2017 –SNOW DATE:  To be determined

Saturday, January 14, 2017 – SNOW DATE:  To be determined

Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM – SNOW DATE:  To be determined

 Show up and be prepared; failure to attend the assessment(s) will automatically disqualify you from the enrollment process.  Please be prepared to assess on January 7th as most of the assessments will occur on that date.

Practice, practice, practice for your assessment. Your enrollment is based solely on your performance during the assessment. Get a good night’s sleep the night before, eat a healthy breakfast, and come prepared to show us your best!

After all assessments are completed, you will be receive an email from the DCS Helpdesk/Choice Office notifying you of your enrollment status The emails will be sent by the last day of February. You may be admitted (congratulations!), placed in a waiting pool or declined.

The table below indicates each step that needs to be completed to successfully apply to Cab Calloway. Please choose the correct category for your student. It is recommended that the steps be done in the listing order.


**The State Choice Application and the Cab Calloway Application are combined online.

To pre-register for choice: please take the student’s birth certificate, a copy of his/her immunizations and proof of your address to the local feeder school. The list of acceptable proofs of address can found on the Red Clay Consolidated PDF below:

District registration information

You will need a few minutes at the school as you will need to fill out registration paperwork.

How the skills assessment process works.

  1. Each 6th & 9th grade student who has completed an application will be scheduled for the assessments by CCSA. 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade applicants will be assessed based on seat availability.
  2. Each student will be scored on his/her assessment by the instructor. The score is based on a 100 point scale with 70 points or higher passing.
  3. If the student passes the assessment, he/she is put into the first round of the lottery.
  4. The lottery is run by an off-site computer and forwarded to CCSA who will then start inviting students according to the order on the lottery.
  5. The lottery is run for each arts area by each grade.
  6. Students will receive an email/letter stating the status of their assessments by the end of February.

Lottery Priority

Priority Codes
1. Current CCSA Students
2. Red Clay residents with siblings attending CCSA
3. Non-Red Clay residents with siblings attending CCSA
4. Red Clay residents
5. Out-of-district residents

Each student is assigned a priority code by the computer based on the above criteria. Within each priority code, the student is given a random number by the computer and those numbers are put into numeric order. The lottery lists are then printed in priority code order for each arts area.

Cab Calloway Assessments are used only for the purposes of determining potential in our arts programs at Cab Calloway School of the Arts. The school will not discuss the specifics of any assessment with a student or parent/guardian. CCSA will share which scoring category the student fell into only after notifications have been sent to the parents and upon request of the parent/guardian:

Student scored a 70 or above out of a possible 100 points (invitation or wait list option based on available space and the lottery)

ALL students who pass the assessment whether they are in-district or out-of-district will be invited before any student who scored 60 – 69 points.

Notifications will be emailed by the last day of February, 2017. Please make sure that you enter an email address that you check daily.  Also the email will come from the “DSC helpdesk” or “Choice Office” and depending on your computer security, the email may be sent to your SPAM file.


Cab Calloway Middle and High School Complete Rubrics and Information

All of the following information is also available in the submenu located under the “Admissions” navigation.

Middle School Rubric and requirement Index

High School Rubric and Requirements Index


All Rubrics Separated by Middle and High School:

All Middle School Assessment Information PDF

All High School Assessment Information PDF


Recommendation letters, If requested, should come from an arts teacher and not an academic teacher. The recommendation letters can only address the student’s talent, NOT grades, attendance or discipline. The letters, if required, are to be emailed directly from the person writing it to teacher doing the assessments. The teachers’ emails are listed under the department descriptions linked below. ALL recommendation letters must be received before the day of the assessment. All recommendation letters must be sent at least one day before the student’s assessment.



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