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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Saint Paul, MN. It has 615 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
Address
16 W 5th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Telephone
(651) 290-2225
Website

St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1170
9 responses
Average ACT
26
96 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$50,820
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$865
National
$949
Median Home Value
$178,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • J-Term
    68%
  • Finale (school dance)
    26%
  • Student Directed Shows
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
615
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,051
Teachers in First/Second Year
71.4%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,025/ year
National
$12,239
19%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
10%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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My education at SPCPA was fulfilling both artistically and academically. I have been successful in my post-secondary studies thanks to SPCPA's culture of encouraging personal responsibility - the environment fosters students to take pride in their work and learn from the process. There is emphasis on crafting yourself into a well-rounded and passionate person through our studies, outside of simply doing a subject for a grade.

Students are given many opportunities for academic and emotional support (if they choose to utilize them) and my parents were pleased with the regular communication provided to families.

Though there are limited extracurricular activities (yearbook, student council), the school makes known many outside opportunities through connections from its staff and other students. I was able to participate in activities with students from other schools and professional artists and it was a great networking tool.
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SPCPA is the perfect high school to attend if you have an interest in the performing arts. Even if you do not plan to pursue art after high school, the experiences that you will get to have at this school will help you in college regardless. Students here are used to traveling between buildings to get to classes, preparing or buying their own meals each day, and almost everyone takes public transportation. The school culture is very strong and people are generally passionate about their friends, beliefs and abilities. As a student planning to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in college, the instrumental teachers that I have gotten to work with have been great in preparing me for the world outside of high school. I am thankful that I got to have this high school experience.
It is quite a small school, so you get to know your classmate very well, especially the ones in your track, as you spend the most time with them. Because it is so small, however, friends groups are formed almost instantly. Being a shy person, I found it easy to have conversations and feel liked, but hard to make friend groups and hang out out with people outside of school or for something other than school. The teachers that I have had are amazing, but we have constant turnover. The same can be said of administration, and I feel that they don't really care about the students they serve Though this isn't true for all of them, for some of them I feel really care about their students well being and happiness, which is nice to see.