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Overall Niche Grade
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  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 902 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.
Address
111 9th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Telephone
(412) 529-6100
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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
237 responses
Average ACT
29
30 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
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Median Household Income
$99,882
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,530
National
$949
Median Home Value
$290,559
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.27 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 86 responses
Report
  • The holiday shows
    20%
  • Festival on the Roof
    17%
  • Preformances
    15%
  • 6base
    13%
  • Dances
    12%
  • Gym
    6%
  • Award Ceremony
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
902
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,485
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.1%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 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
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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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 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.
The administration is more worried about making sure students “like” them rather than doing their job. The students who are belligerent and skip class are favored and get special treatment. There are issues concerning unfair treatment of certain people in the school. Only some people are allowed to express their opinions. I have had many lost opportunities because of issues with the administration including missing a dance audition for hundreds of scholarships and admittance to college.
I have received a good education and good training but only because of my own hard work and perseverance. I have had to fight for anything I want even with having straight As, good attendance, and always being respectful. I would not recommend CAPA to others unless there is a change of administration of the whole school and of the dance department. It is very sad to me because CAPA has huge potential and I hate to see it going the way it is going now.