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History – For information about Circle in the Square's past click here.

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Our Students – Approximately fifty-four (54) total students are accepted into our Two-Year programs annually, selected from approximately 700 applicants each year. The average student age is early to mid-twenties. Students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Circle's diverse group of students comes from across the country and around the world. For our Summer Workshops, the minimum age for applicants is 15, but the average age range is 18-50 and we have approximately one hundred (100) students every summer.

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Application/AdmissionClick here to download an application and review admission requirements.

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Progress Review – Individual teachers continually critique students' classroom participation. This critique is an integral component of the program and is the process by which each student is kept fully informed of his or her progress in each classroom exercise or setting. The Director of the School, E. Colin O'Leary, is available for consultation and counseling, along with the rest of the administrative staff.

Circle in the Square does not use a letter grade format, however, the Administration holds a minimum of four formal meetings with the Faculty over the course of the school year to discuss each student's progress.

Students periodically have individual meetings with the Director of the School to discuss the Faculty's written evaluations of the student's work and to express any concerns either the student or the administration may have. At these conferences, mid-year warnings and/or probation may be issued to those students whose work or behavior is not satisfactory.

Re-admission to the Second Year of either program is based on a review of individual progress and motivation at the end of the First Year. Participation in Scene Night, Cabaret presentations and Performance Projects is dependent on the student making satisfactory progress. Satisfactory progress is defined here

All students who have successfully completed all the requirements of their specified program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Start Date Students Completed the Program Graduation Date
Fall 2006 47 Total
*8 First Higher
Education Experience
*39 Prior Higher
Education Experience
37 Total
*3 First Higher
Education Experience
*34 Prior Higher
Education Experience
Spring 2008
Fall 2007 49 Total
*9 First Higher
Education Experience
*40 Prior Higher
Education Experience
38 Total
*7 First Higher
Education Experience
*31 Prior Higher
Education Experience
Spring 2009
Fall 2008 55 Total
*16 First Higher
Education Experience
*39 Prior Higher
Education Experience
42 Total
*12 First Higher
Education Experience
*30 Prior Higher
Education Experience
Spring 2010
Fall 2009 54 Total
*15 First Higher
Education Experience
*39 Prior Higher
Education Experience
37 Total
*7 First Higher
Education Experience
*30 Prior Higher
Education Experience
Spring 2011

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To officially withdraw from the school, students must state their intention with the School Directorin person or by letter.

Students are considered unofficially withdrawn if they do not attend class and do not discuss their absence witht the school. This unofficial status can eventually lead to dismissal.

NOTE: For Federal Student Aid Recipients, Federal Student Aid must be earned. By not completing 60% of the term for which aid is disbursed a prorated portion will be returned to the Department of Education and will be charged othe student's tuition account. For the exact formula please see our Financial aid page here

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Discipline and Dismissal

Students are expected to familiarize themselves and to comply with the rules and regulations, standards of conduct, attendance and satisfactory progress of Circle in the Square Theatre School. If pursuant to such rules, regulations and standards, the withdrawal of a student is required before the end of the term, a refund will be made according to the standard schedule for refunds.

If a student's work or conduct has fallen below the prescribed standards, he or she may be placed on probation for the upcoming term or the remainder of the current term. A student is placed on probation by the School Administration upon the recommendation of the Faculty. Students who are placed on probation meet with the School Director, where reasons for their probation are discussed. At that time, the student my be required to appear before a panel of the Faculty where they are given guidelines for the requested changes in class work and/or behavior, as well as the amount of time these changes must be maintained before they are taken off probation. During the time a student is on probation, if he or she does not maintain the requested changes, it will be considered grounds for dismissal.

The Faculty and Administration reserve the right to dismiss any individual student after a thorough evaluation of the student's progress or lack thereof. In the event of a student's dismissal, the reasons for the dismissal and the criteria used are fully explained to the student in a personal interview with the School Director. If the student wishes to appeal his or her case, they may do so, in writing to the School Director. After a review period in which the Director further consults the Faculty, the student will be notified as to the disposition of their appeal.

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Refunds of Tuition – Students who must, for whatever reason, withdraw from any Circle in the Square Theatre School program, will receive refunds of tuition in the following manner:

  • Withdrawl prior to the opening date: 100%
  • Withdrawal within the first calendar week from opening date: 85%
  • Withdrawal within the second calendar week from opening date: 70%
  • Withdrawal within the third calendar week from opening date: 55%
  • Withdrawal after the completion of the third calendar week: NONE

PLEASE NOTE: An Administrative fee of $100 will be deducted from all refunds. Requests for refunds must be made to the School Director in writing.

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The Circle in the Square Theatre School believes that students, faculty members, or any other person who believes they have been aggrieved by the School, has the right to file a written complaint to the School Director.

The School endeavors to resolve all complaints within a reasonable and appropriate time frame necessary for the investigation of a complaint. Final determination of a complaint will be made by staff members not directly involved in the alleged complaint. Regardless of the outcome, no adverse action will be taken against a complainant.

The School will maintain adequate documentation about each formal complaint and its disposition for a period of at least six years after final disposition of the complaint.

Under New York State Law, any person who believes he or she had been aggrieved by an institution may file a written complaint with the New York State Education Department. For information and guidance on how and under what circumstances enrolled and prospective students may file a formal complaint, please visit the New York State Office of College and University Evaluation

For complaints regarding our accreditation please see the guidelines found in the NAST Handbook at the National Association of Schools of Theatre Website.

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Consumer Information - Gainful Employment Data – To view our current data please see the links below.

Click here for Professional and Musical Workshop Gainful Employment Data.

For further Consumer information please see our page on the College Navigator webpage for the National Center for Education Statistics..

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Housing – It is the responsibility of the student to secure housing. However, Circle tries to offer any information we can to assist the student in their search. Incoming students who need a place to live in New York may contact the School Office for any current information regarding housing sources, potential roommates or apartment rentals. Incoming students are advised to make preparations prior to arrival as locating affordable housing in the city can be difficult. This information is limited and made available only to incoming/current students.

If you have been accepted into the program, returned your contracts with payment and have the appropriate pass codes, CLICK HERE for housing information.

If you have been accepted into the program, returned your contracts and deposit, and need the pass codes: Please call the school at (212) 307-0388 or email us at admissions@circlesquare.org (please write "Housing" in the Subject line).

If you are having trouble logging onto the Housing page:

  • Click on the Tools Menu/Button at the top of your internet browser and choose Internet Options.
  • Click on the Security tab and choose Trusted Sites. Then click button labeled Sites.
  • Uncheck the box that says “Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone”.
  • In the box that says “Add this website to the zone:” Type http://www.circlesquare.org
  • Click the Add button and then click the Close button to close that window.
  • Click the Ok button to exit the Internet Options window. This should allow you to log in with the correct pass codes without any difficulty.

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Volunteer Opportunities – Help is sometimes needed in our administrative offices, as Bus Greeters for our Three Plays for Grades K-6 series and for other aspects of our operations. Interested candidates should email or mail a cover letter and resume to the attention of David Pleva. Questions regarding these opportunities can be sent to admissions@circlesquare.org.

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Theatre School Office – The Theatre School Office is located at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, on West 50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The School's telephone number is 212-307-0388. All "snail" mail should be sent to the following address:

Circle in the Square Theatre School
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

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1633 Broadway at 50th Street
New York City, NY 10019
Tel: 212-307-0388
Fax: 212-307-0257