Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Our school has been a great fit for many students with a passion for the performing arts. We hope it will be for you too!

Please review the steps outlined here as you pursue enrollment at SPCPA.

Explore, Interact, Apply

1. LEARN MORE ABOUT SPCPA

Exploring our website is a great way to learn more about SPCPA. We consider exploring these pages as the “first step” in the enrollment process.

Please take the time to review the school’s website, particularly our videos, check out our Frequently Asked Questions and student expectations.

SPCPA students engage in rigorous arts and academic courses designed to prepare them for a wide array of post-secondary opportunities.  It is important for prospective students to understand the commitment, responsibilities, and expectations associated with being an SPCPA student.


We are here for you, ready to field any questions you might have about SPCPA. Please feel free to reach out to any of us and we’ll be glad to answer questions and help in any way we can. We look forward to connecting with you about SPCPA!

  • Genevieve Bennett, Recruitment Specialist and Theater Teacher:  bennettg@spcpa.org or 651-290-2225 ext 110
  • Meg Anderson, Executive Assistant for Academics:  andersonm@spcpa.org or 651-290-2225 ext 301
  • Nancy Galatowitsch, Executive Assistant for Arts:  galatowitschn@spcpa.org or 651-290-2225 ext 254

NOTE: When calling SPCPA at 651-290-2225, you can skip the automated greeting and menu by pressing 0 and asking for assistance. You can also reach us directly in the automated system by pressing # and the extension number (# 3 0 1  or  # 2 5 4) as soon as the automated greeting begins.

2.  VISIT SPCPA

Over-the-Phone Information Session

We are offering prospective families an opportunity to have a 30-min phone call with our principal. We invite families to participate in the call on speakerphone function so all interested parties, including the student, can hear the information and have the opportunity to ask questions. To schedule a phone conversation with the principal, please call Nancy Galatowitsch at 651-290-2225 ext 254.

Individual Family Tour

One family at a time, please join us for a tour of our campus. This is a great opportunity to see the school in its environment in downtown St Paul and feel the energy of the school in action. Individual Family Tours are about 30minutes long. Facial coverings are optional for those who are fully vaccinated. Please reserve your spot ahead of time: send an email to info@spcpa.org. We get a lot of emails to this address so please be sure to write “Family Tour” in the subject line of your email. We look forward to connecting with you to set up a tour.

Info Session for Families

We are pleased to offer prospective families the opportunity to attend a one-hour info session in the evening to see the school in-person and learn about SPCPA. Additionally, there is a Q&A with current seniors — hear from them about their experiences, they tell the story of SPCPA the best. Facial coverings are optional for those who are fully vaccinated. Please confirm your attendance at an Info Session by sending an email to galatowitschn@spcpa.org. We get a lot of daily emails so please be sure to write “Info Session” in the subject line of your email.   The next session is: August 4 @ 6-7PM

Future Info Sessions:  CLICK HERE

Shadow Day for Students

Shadow Days are a great opportunity for prospective students to experience “a day in the life of an SPCPA student.” Shadows will be paired up with a student in the same grade (or grade entering) and arts area and will accompany their SPCPA student host for the day. Shadows will attend a full day of classes, go to lunch with their host (bring a lunch!), and meet their host’s friends and teachers. Shadows are welcome to participate in classes as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Please sign up by sending an email to andersonm@spcpa.org. We get a lot of daily emails so please be sure to write “Shadow Day” in the subject line of your email. Shadow Days are on Tuesdays, 7:45 AM – 3:30 PM.

Future Shadow Days: CLICK HERE

3.  COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM

CLICK HERE for the 21-22 Application Form

*NB: You’ll need to download the form to your computer first, then fill it out, then re-save it before you send it back to us. You can also print it out, complete it, then scan and email it back to us at info@spcpa.org or fax it to us at 651-290-9000.

The initial deadline for applications is February 1, 2021. If you have missed this initial deadline: don’t worry! We continue to take applications and process enrollments all the way up until school begins in the fall. We have plenty of spots at all grade levels for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Send your completed Application to us:

  • Our FAX NUMBER:  651-290-9000
  • Email completed applications to either:  info@spcpa.org   or   reilings@spcpa.org
    Please write APPLICATION in the subject line of your email.

4.  ENROLL

You will receive an email inviting you to enroll at which time you’ll complete our Enrollment Packet. Upon our receipt of your completed packet, the student is officially enrolled at SPCPA.

5.  COURSE REGISTRATION

After you have completed your enrollment paperwork, there is nothing more for you to do until it is time to complete academic course registration. In the arts, classes are predetermined so there isn’t anything to choose from with the exception of a Friday elective class for only 11th and 12th graders; this happens closer to the start of the semester.

For ACADEMIC course registration, this takes place in the summer and continues up to the start of the academic year. You will have the option to come into school to learn more about academic course progression and complete a course registration form. If you are unable to attend an in-person session, you can complete your course registration over the telephone or online using Infinite Campus, our student information system. Rest assured: we will always make sure your student has the courses they need in order to graduate on time.

For more information regarding SPCPA admissions process, please see our Admission Policy here.

For more information on Out-of-State Residency and Tuition, please review here.

It is SPCPA’s policy to provide equal educational opportunity for all students.  The school does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation or age.  The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students.