imagine…

Imagine attending a public high school in the heart of downtown St. Paul, unlike any other in the country. Learn the skills and techniques to become a professional artist from current working artists. Receive a college conservatory level arts education under the guidance of current professional artists. Prepare for college academically in on-level, advanced or AP classes.

A private school experience at a public school price.
No audition. No tuition.

50/50
arts + academics

SPCPA provides authentic arts training taught by current professional artists utilizing the conservatory model while aligned with academic state standards in English, math, science, social studies, world languages, and special education. Half of each day focuses on academics, the other on arts.

at-a-glance

we are a diverse,
focused student body.

SPCPA students come from over 40 different school districts.

90-95% of spcpa students graduate on time.

we are prepared.

99-100% of spcpa graduates are accepted to college.

50% of graduates pursue arts after high school.

ON ACT TESTS

SPCPA students score 2.5 points higher than the MN average.

ON MCA's

SPCPA students score 20% higher than the state average in reading, 15% higher in science, and are typically at or above state average in math.

OUR ALUMNI SAY IT BEST

I had an amazing experience at this arts school! From the moment I walked through the door, I felt inspired by the creativity and talent all around me. The faculty and staff were incredibly knowledgeable and supportive, always pushing me to be my best and never giving up on me. Not only did I develop my artistic skills in ways I never imagined, but I also made lasting friendships with fellow students who share my passion for the arts. The resources and opportunities available at this school are unparalleled, and I feel so grateful to have been a part of such a vibrant and welcoming community. I would highly recommend this arts school to anyone looking to grow their talents and discover their potential as an artist.

Maria Briggs, Broadway actor/dancer/singer, Class of 2009

CONNECTED

An important part of SPCPA’s purpose is to connect the students and the school to the Twin Cities professional arts community in a number of ways.

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11th and 12th grade Visual Arts students displayed the work for their Advanced Individual Projects class last week in the gallery!

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11th and 12th grade Visual Arts students displayed the work for their Advanced Individual Projects class last week in the gallery!

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Looks amazing!

Visual Art Chair, Brooks Turner, has an exhibition opening Saturday May 25th 7-10pm at Hair + Nails Gallery in Minneapolis (2222 1⁄2 E. 35th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407). His exhibition commemorates and coincides with the 90th anniversary of the 1934 Truck Drivers Strike, which was instrumental in advancing labor rights and driving fascist sympathizers out of Minnesota. The exhibition includes four tapestries, six ink drawings on handmade paper, and an installation made in collaboration with SPCPA alums Phoenix Abernathy and Colin Vatsveen. All are invited to attend the opening or stop in during gallery hours through June 30th!

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Visual Art Chair, Brooks Turner, has an exhibition opening Saturday May 25th 7-10pm at Hair + Nails Gallery in Minneapolis (2222 1⁄2 E. 35th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407). His exhibition commemorates and coincides with the 90th anniversary of the 1934 Truck Drivers Strike, which was instrumental in advancing labor rights and driving fascist sympathizers out of Minnesota. The exhibition includes four tapestries, six ink drawings on handmade paper, and an installation made in collaboration with SPCPA alums Phoenix Abernathy and Colin Vatsveen. All are invited to attend the opening or stop in during gallery hours through June 30th!

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I remember shopping for just the right dress for Finale. SPCPA was a wonderful experience for her and launched her into medicine!!!

I love that the Conservatory is such a haven for kids that are so unique and talented in every sense of the word ♡♡♡ congratulations to all!!

I remember being escorted out by a police officer all because I wanted to spend time with my friends and was too poor to afford a $50 ticket 🙄crazy.

Thank you so much, SPCPA Families and Faculty, for sending our Class of 2024 off well-fed. The kids appreciate you! See MoreSee Less

Thank you so much, SPCPA Families and Faculty, for sending our Class of 2024 off well-fed. The kids appreciate you!Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Congratulations class of 2024! Best of luck to you all!❤️

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2024!!!🎉🎈♥️♥️♥️♥️

Congratulations 2024!!

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Current SPCPA 10th grader CASSIDY AICKIN (Assistant Director) and 11th grader DAIJA SCOTT (portraying Thursday Williams) are involved in Red Bird Theatre's production of What the Constitution Means to Me. Former SPCPA Theatre Dept. Chair, Genevieve Bennett, directs. It also features former SPCPA Musical Theatre Dept Chair, Joey Clark.

More info: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4AA9AE2AABFFC34-49368954-what#/

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Current SPCPA 10th grader CASSIDY AICKIN (Assistant Director) and 11th grader DAIJA SCOTT (portraying Thursday Williams) are involved in Red Bird Theatres production of What the Constitution Means to Me.  Former SPCPA Theatre Dept. Chair, Genevieve Bennett, directs.  It also features former SPCPA Musical Theatre Dept Chair, Joey Clark. 

More info:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4AA9AE2AABFFC34-49368954-what#/  

#spcpacommunity #theatre #spcpa #redbirdtheatre

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Thanks for the shout out SPCPA! Also featuring former MT chair, Joey Clark!

Got my ticket last night!

Love this!

Congratulations to SPCPA seniors Ray and Kamarah Maynard, Kaya Motl, and Jasper Slichter, juniors Gigi Lahr and Nana Boynton, and sophomore Sofia Rice who have artwork in the current ACCESS/PRINT exhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. The show opened over the weekend and is on view through June 1st!

More info about Highpoint: www.highpointprintmaking.org/

#highpointcenter #highpointcenterforprintmaking #printmaking #spcpacommunity
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Congratulations to SPCPA seniors Ray and Kamarah Maynard, Kaya Motl, and Jasper Slichter, juniors Gigi Lahr and Nana Boynton, and sophomore Sofia Rice who have artwork in the current ACCESS/PRINT exhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. The show opened over the weekend and is on view through June 1st!

More info about Highpoint:  https://www.highpointprintmaking.org/

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Congratulations to all!!!

Congrats!!!!

2 weeks ago

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Fun weekend field trip for Ms. Basheer's AP Stats class (and some of Alec Rutten's AP Calc students) – they went bowling this past Saturday to collect data to demonstrate knowledge of their statistical concepts and to celebrate the end of the AP Statistics exam. Students want to test their hypotheses that having a long hand will make a player a better bowler. They created a 95% confidence interval and used a significance test or Chi-Square to test their hypotheses.

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Fun weekend field trip for Ms. Basheers AP Stats class (and some of Alec Ruttens AP Calc students) - they went bowling this past Saturday to collect data to demonstrate knowledge of their statistical concepts and to celebrate the end of the AP Statistics exam. Students want to test their hypotheses that having a long hand will make a player a better bowler. They created a 95% confidence interval and used a significance test or Chi-Square to test their hypotheses.

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Senior Capstone projects in Theatre and Musical Theatre begin today! Cuttings from full-length plays and musicals perform in the Lab and Lehr Theaters over the course of the next 2 weeks. Thanks to 12th grader, Connor Moss, for the poster designs.

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Senior Capstone projects in Theatre and Musical Theatre begin today!  Cuttings from full-length plays and musicals perform in the Lab and Lehr Theaters over the course of the next 2 weeks.  Thanks to 12th grader, Connor Moss, for the poster designs.

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