Information Update as of 2/23/2021 on Acceptances for CFPA

Acceptance and non-acceptance emails have been sent by the Office of Specialty Programs to students who have applied to Colgan for the CFPA Program. If you were not accepted for Colgan, but had a 2nd or 3rd choice on your application, you should have heard from those schools.  If you have not heard, please contact Karen Fulton at If you were accepted, we need you to go to the following link to select your classes for next year:

This form must be filled out by March 5th. If we do not hear back from a student by that date, we will assume they no longer wish to participate in the program. 

Next steps:

If you are a PWCS student, and have filled out the Google Doc at the link above, you are all set. We will handle the transfer paperwork for you. You will start to receive emails with information from the school in the spring. They will let you know about freshman orientation and other informational seminars that will be held either virtually or at school if conditions permit.

If you were not a PWCS student (private school or home school) you will need to contact our Registrar, Terri Martin, at AFTER April 1 to get registered. 

If you are interested in taking the Colgan Summer PE class and have signed up for it on the Google Doc and paid the fee, additional information will be sent to you regarding that class. Due to these interesting times we live in right now, most situations are fluid as we receive guidance on classes from the Superintendent and the School Board. We will post more information here as we receive it.

Individual questions about each concentration area can always be directed to the instructor in that area via email. They are:

Band: Mr. Magee at

Creative Writing: Ms. Dyche at

Dance: Ms. Howes at

Music Technology and Piano: Mr. Mills at

Orchestra: Mr. Bernstein at

Theatre: Mr. Warkentien at

Visual Arts: Mrs. Burns at

Vocal Music: Mrs. Staley at


Online Applications must be submitted by December 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications can be found on the PWCS Specialty Program Website

CFPA Audition Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do first if I want to apply to Colgan?

Fill out the PWC Specialty Program Application. Links to this application can be found on our CFPA page on the Colgan Website.

You MUST make Colgan your FIRST choice selection

Because of sheer volume of applicants, we can only offer auditions to those who make Colgan their first choice.

Why does Colgan have a different due date for their application?

he Colgan deadline for applications is December 7th at 11:59 PM. Other Specialty Programs in PWC have a deadline in February. We are audition based, so we need time to review auditions before the February deadline.

How many students do you accept in your program?

There is no set number of students we accept. In the past 4 years, we have averaged between 45%-65% overall acceptance rate. It depends on the total number of applicants, space available in the school, and classroom size for the different concentrations.

Will transportation be provided for my student if we do not live in the Colgan district?

The PWCS Transportation Department offers Express Bus transportation for transfer students in Specialty Programs. The pickup points are usually elementary or middle schools and may not be in your neighborhood. See our CFPA main page for more information. Students zoned for Colgan HS will take their neighborhood bus.

Can my student audition for more than one concentration area?

Students choose ONE area to audition in that will be their primary focus during their time at Colgan. However, many students choose to also take elective classes in other arts areas if their schedules permit. 

Do we need to submit letters of recommendation and evidence of our grades?

No. Acceptance into the program is based solely on the student’s audition.

Are there special requirements my student will have to meet to be part of the program?

Yes. Each concentration area has requirements that may require your student to spend time after school to complete. There are also Masterclass requirements, performance/exhibition requirements, and performance attendance requirements. More information on each concentration area can be found in the CFPA Handbook, which can be found on the CFPA Documents webpage. Students must also maintain a “B” or better grade in their concentration classes and a “C” average overall.

If my student is a transfer, will they still be eligible to play sports under VHSL rules and guidelines?

Yes. Transfer students for Specialty Programs are eligible to play VHSL sports.

How will I receive confirmation about my audition?

Students will receive an email this year prior to winter break with their audition letter and the information they need for submitting their requirements

Can a student apply who is currently a junior/rising senior?

We do not accept seniors into the program since they are unable to complete all the requirements of the program.

Can a student reapply if they auditioned last year and were not accepted?

Yes.  All students who are currently in 8-10th grade can apply for an audition.