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


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, 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.


Please send an email to to take advantage of the opportunities listed below to connect with and learn about us.

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.

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. SPCPA staff will wear masks and follow physical distancing guidelines for schools as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. Individual Family Tours are about 30minutes long.

Info Session

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. Due to physical distancing and state-directed limitations on gatherings, we request that you please reserve your spot ahead of time.  Send an email to Facial coverings are required.   April 13 @ 6pm, April 28 @ 6pm, May 12 @ 6pm, June 9 @ 6pm, June 23 @ 10am, *June 29 @ 6pm, July 21 @ 2pm

* The June 29 Info Session will feature our new Creative Writing chair, Michael Kleber-Diggs, who will speak about his vision for the Creative Writing Program and be on hand to meet students/families interested in that program.


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 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.


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.


After you have completed your enrollment paperwork, there is nothing more for you to do until it is time to complete class registrations. 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. Choosing your Friday arts elective happens closer to the start of the semester.

For ACADEMIC course registration, this takes place in the summer and up to the start of the academic year. You will be invited by email to come into school to learn more about academic course progression and complete a course registration form. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, this can easily be done over the telephone. 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.