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* Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) special program
** Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) & Gifted Academy special programs
*** Offers Adult Education program

How do I Join the CAPA Family?

Admission to the Creative and Performing Arts Academy at West Middle School is through audition only.  

Students entering grades 6 through 8 in the 2024-2025 school year can audition for the CAPA program housed only at West Middle School. Audition location varies between West Middle School and Auburn High School.

Fall Audition Dates

  • Saturday, November 4, 2023 at West Middle School
    • 12:00PM - 3:00PM (check-in at 11:45AM)
    • 3:00PM - 6:00PM (check-in at 2:45PM)
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Auburn High School
    • 4:30PM - 7:30PM (check-in at 4:15PM)

Winter Audition Date (Make-Up)

  • Saturday, February 3, 2024 at West Middle School
    • 8:00AM - 11:00AM (check in at 7:45AM) 

Summer Audition Date (Waitlist Audition*)

  • June 11, 2024 at 1PM, Location TBA
    *Pending seat availability. June audition is specifically for the waitlist, allowing students to get onto the waitlist rather than offering a seat into the program. The middle school audition is a three-hour-long process. 

Informational Meeting Dates

Attend an information meeting on the CAPA Program at West Middle School. You'll hear from current students and staffs, and learn more about the auditions requirements. Includes a tour of West Middle School.
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  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023 from 5:30PM - 7:00PM
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Click the red button below to register for CAPA Middle School Waitlist Auditions in June 2024!


Students with accommodations documented on an IEP or 504 Plan will need to contact Julie Hindenburg (CAPA Coordinator at West Middle School) to discuss your student's specific accommodation needs. The IEP/504 Plan ​will be reviewed and audition options will be discussed. The Special Education and Psychology Departments may be consulted to develop the best plan for the student.​ The need for accommodations should be indicated on the online registration form.


Student Residency

In accordance with Board Policy 7.55

  • If you are a current resident, in order to be eligible to audition for this special program, students must:
    • Be enrolled as a resident student in one of the Rockford Public Schools OR
    • Reside within the RPS 205 boundaries
  • If you are a non-resident: 
    • Any student who resides MORE than 25 miles from the District's outer boundaries AND who is considered relocating his/her residence to the District may apply for admission to this program.
  • Any non-enrolled student admitted to this program will be required to submit proof of residency BEFORE enrolling.
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Have Questions?

Julie Hindenburg 
CAPA Coordinator at West


Tiffany Vang 
Special Programs Coordinator