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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
CAPA - Creative & Performing Arts is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Pittsburgh, PA. It has 883 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.

CAPA - Creative & Performing Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
64%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
258 responses
Average ACT
29
32 responses
AP Enrollment
50%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$93,834
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,591
National
$949
Median Home Value
$323,620
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • The holiday shows
    20%
  • Festival on the Roof
    18%
  • Preformances
    15%
  • 6base
    12%
  • Dances
    11%
  • Gym
    6%
  • Gallery Crawl
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
883
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,485
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.1%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$24,195/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.47 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 responses
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CAPA - Creative & Performing Arts Reviews

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If you are planning on going to CAPA, recognize it is not a normal school. School days are longer than normal. Teachers have yet to recognize the toll that this can take on students, especially keeping in mind that many students are "over achievers" involved in extracurriculars and taking harder classes. There is no study hall, and when speaking to friends from other schools, the homework load is heavier. There is no classic homecoming or school spirit at CAPA, but kids are very accepting and less cliquey than a large traditional high school. CAPA is definitely very active when it comes to college readiness. I feel that many people are easily excited by the idea of a fancy Creative and Performing Arts school that they easily overlook the fact that it is truly exhausting and not as amazing as it looks.
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Capa isn’t your typical high school experience, but it’s overall a great school. The split between academics and majors in one day can be stressful but rewarding. There’s so much to get involved in from clubs to sports to plays you’ll never get bored. Academics is overall pretty good, capa offers a lot options when it comes to making your schedule that will be best for you.
CAPA is one of the best schools in the city. It's located in downtown, so if you are in the high school you will learn a lot about independence. If you are interested in pursuing an art I would highly recommend this school.
One of the things that everyone complains about is how long the days are. We get out of school at 3:45 (much later than other high schools) so getting a job or doing extracurriculars is slightly difficult. It is, of course, still possible.
People are always surprised and a bit disappointed when they come to this school because it's not as they expected it. Yes CAPA is an art school, but the departments are not as organized or as challenging as people are led to believe. As a student you need to be proactive in your learning and art to succeed. It's all about realistic expectations.
Middle/high school is going to be kind of crappy no matter what, but I spent it at CAPA, and I think that was a good decision.