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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J-Term 2025 Reveal #1: CHICAGO, The Musical. At this point, scheduled at the Luminary Arts Center (formally known to many of you as the Lab Theater) in Minneapolis.

More details TBA! Look for more 2025 J-Term announcements over the summer!

#jterm2025 #spcpajterm #SPCPA #saintpaulconservatory #musicaltheatre
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J-Term 2025 Reveal #1: CHICAGO, The Musical.  At this point, scheduled at the Luminary Arts Center (formally known to many of you as the Lab Theater) in Minneapolis. 

More details TBA!  Look for more 2025 J-Term announcements over the summer!   

#jterm2025 #spcpajterm #spcpa #saintpaulconservatory #musicaltheatre

Alum About Town – Get your tickets now to see SPCPA alum, ALEX CAVEGN, in ONLY UGLY GUYS at Open Eye Theatre, opening tomorrow night! Alex is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including an exchange summer at Carnegie Mellon University. Alex also did some teaching in the SPCPA Theatre department this past spring semester. Have a great run, Alex!

More info and tickets: www.openeyetheatre.org/only-ugly-guys

#SPCPA #spcpacommunity #saintpaulconservatory #theatre #openeyetheatre
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Alum About Town - Get your tickets now to see SPCPA alum, ALEX CAVEGN, in ONLY UGLY GUYS at Open Eye Theatre, opening tomorrow night!  Alex is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including an exchange summer at Carnegie Mellon University.   Alex also did some teaching in the SPCPA Theatre department this past spring semester. Have a great run, Alex!

More info and tickets:  https://www.openeyetheatre.org/only-ugly-guys

#spcpa #spcpacommunity #saintpaulconservatory #theatre #openeyetheatre

One month ago we announced that SPCPA 11th grade Musical Theatre student, JUNIA MORROW, was a Hennepin Theatre Trust TRIPLE THREAT finalist – one of 24 in the state. Well guess what? We are thrilled to announce that JUNIA is one of the 4 winners! Junia will receive a scholarship and later this month will travel to New York City to attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals and participate in workshops.

Congratulations, Junia!

#SPCPA #HennepinTheatreTrust #triplethreat #saintpaulconservatory #musicaltheatre
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One month ago we announced that SPCPA 11th grade Musical Theatre student, JUNIA MORROW, was a Hennepin Theatre Trust TRIPLE THREAT finalist - one of 24 in the state.  Well guess what?  We are thrilled to announce that JUNIA is one of the 4 winners!  Junia will receive a scholarship and later this month will travel to New York City to attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals and participate in workshops.  

Congratulations, Junia! 

#spcpa #hennepintheatretrust #triplethreat #saintpaulconservatory #musicaltheatre

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Outstanding! So grateful for SPCPA’s amazing leadership, teachers and staff that create an environment of safety and creativity!!!!

Congratulations! Junia is amazing!

Fantastic! Congrats, Junia!

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Two days ago they graduated, today they’re in Bryant Park in New York City. The Musicals, SIX and THE NOTEBOOK are on the docket. Have a blast, graduates! See MoreSee Less

Two days ago they graduated, today they’re in Bryant Park in New York City.  The Musicals, SIX and THE NOTEBOOK are on the docket. Have a blast, graduates!

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Have the best time!!

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Class of 2024!

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Very happy for my son and all these incredible young artists, thanks to all the teachers and staff at SPCPA for such excellent work.

Congratulations to all the graduates! Wishing you all the best in your future adventures!

Amazing ceremony! Thank you!

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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Finale, 2024! See MoreSee Less

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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.

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