As we plan for the assessments for the 21-22 school year, we are anticipating the need for VIRTUAL assessments.

Applying to Cab Calloway School of the Arts

Cab Calloway School of the Arts is a public magnet (or “choice”) school in the Red Clay Consolidated School District serving students in grades 6-12.

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, Red Clay Residents are given priority in the application process.


November 2, 2020 to January 13, 2021 – 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.


District Choice Information Night – October 27, 2020 – 6 PM to 8 PM at Cab Calloway School of the Arts

*Go to the specific arts area tab located under “Middle School or High School Assessment” for specific assessment information

For more information, contact Julie Rumschlag by email: or by phone: (302) 651-2700 ext. 505 or contact Elizabeth Inman-Moran by email: or by phone: (302) 651-2700 ext. 507

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, Theatre, Visual Arts, Digital Communication Arts, Vocal Music, Strings, Piano, and Instrumental Music. Technical theatre is offered at the high school level only.


November 2, 2020 to January 13, 2021

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 2nd.  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 in the application process.

Complete the applications before the January 13, 2021 deadline.  If your student is coming from a private school or home school, you must first pre-register at your public “feeder” school before completing the applications.

Applications must be received before 4:00 pm on January 13, 2021.  Applications received after that time will be considered late and cannot be considered.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL notifications will be done by email.  The assessment date and time emails will come from and the decision notification emails will come from HELPDESK so, please make sure that your computer will accept the email addresses.


Saturday, January 9, 2021–SNOW DATE:  To be determined

Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM – SNOW DATE:  To be determined

Saturday, January 16, 2021 – SNOW DATE:  To be determined

What can you do?

Attend, arrive on time and be prepared for your assessment(s). Failure to attend the assessment(s) will automatically disqualify you from the enrollment process.  Please be prepared to assess on January 9th as most of the assessments will occur on that date.

Practice, practice, practice for your assessment. Your potential to be invited to the lottery depends 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 receive an email from the DSC 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 on a waiting pool or declined for invitation to Cab Calloway.

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.

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. Please contact your feeder school for their pre-registration requirements.

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 60 points or higher passing.
  3. If the student passes the assessment with a score of 60 or more , the student is placed 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 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. Non-Red Clay residents

During the lottery, each students is assigned a computer generated random number.  The lottery list is based on priority code and ranked random number and invitations are given until all seats are filled by program area.  The remaining students on the lottery list are placed on a ranked wait list by program area.

Decision notifications will be emailed by the last day of February, 2021. Please make sure that you enter an email address that you check daily.  The notifications 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 Assessments are used only for the purposes of determining potential in our arts programs at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.

A student scoring 60 or above, out of the possible 100 points, will be included in the Choice Lottery.  Invitations will be based on available space by program area with the remaining students being placed on a ranked wait list by program area.

A student scoring 55 – 59 points will be wait listed

A student scoring below 55 will be denied.


During the choice process, schools do NOT have access to student IEP or 504 plans.  If a parents wishes for an IEP or 504 plan to be considered for accommodations for assessments or other choice requirements, the parent is responsible for contacting the Choice Office.  Parents should contact the Choice Office as soon as possible prior to any scheduled assessment date and no later than the choice deadline of January 13, 2021.

Cab Calloway Middle and High School Complete Rubrics and Information

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

Middle School Rubric and requirement Index

High School Rubric and Requirements Index


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