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 below 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 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:  bennettg@spcpa.org or 651-290-2225 ext 110


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 extensions in the automated system by pressing the # button and extension number as soon as the automated greeting begins.

2.  VISIT SPCPA

Wondering if SPCPA is the right place for you? We have three different ways for you to visit in-person and learn more about all that SPCPA has to offer. FAMILY INFO SESSION Learn about the school, hear from faculty and engage in a Q & A with our student Senior Ambassadors. Only the afternoon sessions take place during the school day and include a tour.  For more information about Family Info Sessions please contact Genevieve Bennett at bennettg@spcpa.org or (651) 290-2225 ext. 110. When sending an email, please write INFO SESSION in the subject line of your email. Thank you! To register for an Info Session please complete THIS GOOGLE FORM. Thank you!

June 10; 6pm-7pm August 3; 6pm-7pm
July 15; 6pm – 7pm

SHADOW A STUDENT Experience a day in the life of an SPCPA student! Prospective students are matched with a host student and accompany them to arts and academic classes.  All Shadow Days are WEDNESDAYS for a half day. For more information about Shadow Days contact Genevieve Bennett at bennettg@spcpa.org or (651) 290-2225 ext. 110. When sending an inquiry email, please write SHADOW DAY in the subject line of your email. Thank you!

Students are matched with a student in their arts area of interest and attend 2 arts periods, 1 academic period, and lunch. There are two time slots available per day.  The earlier time slot is for current 7th-9th graders. The later time slot is for current 10th -12th graders. Please choose the time slot that corresponds with your student’s current grade.

To register for a Shadow Day please complete THIS GOOGLE FORM. Thank you!

Current 7th – 9th Graders: Current 10th – 12th Graders:


TAKE A TOUR A private tour is a personalized way to experience SPCPA. You’ll meet  with our Recruitment Specialist, learn about the arts and academic curriculum and take a tour of our arts and academic spaces.  Tours are available 9am-3pm on Fridays.Click here to schedule your tourChoose a date and time that works for you, click the sign-up box, scroll to the bottom of the page and click submit.  You will receive a reminder email 2 days prior to your tour.  If you have questions, please contact Genevieve Bennett at bennettg@spcpa.org.

3.  COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM

You can complete our Application Form for NEXT YEAR (22-23) and turn it in to us at any time. Though initial deadline for 2022-2023 academic year applications was February 1, 2022, we can assure you that we have availability at all grade levels for next year. We continue to take applications and process enrollments all the way up until school begins in the fall.

*NB: You will need to save the form to your computer first, then fill it out, then re-save it before you send it back to us. We accept application forms via email, fax, USPS, or in-person.


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.
  • Mail completed applications to:   SPCPA, 16 W 5th Street, St Paul, MN 55102.
  • Our Main Office is open on regular school days, Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

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.