Cocheco Academy of The Arts * 40 Hampshire Circle, Dover, NH 03820 * (603) 742-0700

Admissions is a relatively easy process. Once all components of your application has been received and processed, we will contact you to set up an interview appointment. At least one parent and the student are required to attend a formal interview with CATA staff. At the interview students are required to demonstrate how they meet the mission of CATA. Examples of this include showing their art work, performing a monologue, showing an original film, or playing a piece on the piano. Students are also required to spend a day at CATA, following one of our currently enrolled students. This “Shadow Day” provides the student with the opportunity to experience our school first hand before coming to a final decision about his/her enrollment. Students often schedule their interview on the same day as they shadow.Students and parents are also required to attend an Information Session before the student can be eligible for our enrollment lottery. Priority deadline for application to Semester II of the school year is January 7 of the same year by 12:00 pm, after this date admissions is rolling. Priority deadline for application to the next academic school year is February 18 by 12:00 pm, after this date admissions is rolling.


​All of the below documents are required before your Shadow Day. On you shadow day, you will fill out your Admissions Lottery Card. Students and parents often schedule their interview on the same day as they shadow. The initial application packet should include:

  1. Completed CATA Application for Admission including student essays.
  2. A copy of your transcript or a recent Report Card
  3. A copy of your attendance record
  4. A copy of your Discipline history

All of the below documents are required to complete the application process:

  1. Cumulative File Release
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Copy of Birth Certificate
  4. Proof of residency (Utility bill, etc)
  5. A copy of any 504/IEP (If they exist)

The following documents must be filled out every year that you attend CATA:

  1. Student Emergency Health Form
  2. Student Registration Information
  3. Permission for Dispensing Medication
  4. Parental Commitment Contract
  5. Parent Volunteer Info 
  6. Internet Access Release
  7. Photo-Publicity Authorization and Release
  8. Early Release Day Form
  9. Student Directory Permission Form
  10. Immunization Records

Other Documents:

  1. Military Info Opt Out Form (only needs to be filled out once)
  2. Document Checklist (only needs to be filled out once)