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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

We recognize that student-student & student-teacher relationships, understanding & connecting to the world of modern society, and a variety of experiences of art, culture, humanity, & nature are essential for healthy development in high school. As such, we intend to provide (and reinvent when necessary) the full Tara experience, as much as possible within health & safety guidelines & requirements. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    C
4180 19th St
Boulder, CO 80304
About Tara Performing Arts High School...

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$0
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$21,714
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
23%
Average Financial Aid
$10,115
From Tara Performing Arts High School

A high school like no other, Tara offers an engaging Waldorf® curriculum, world travel and compelling theatre. At the heart of our vision is the belief that deep, collaborative work in the performing arts inspires an all-encompassing love of learning. Further kindled by the passion/expertise of our faculty and direct experience of culture and history through travel, this enthusiasm leads to academic excellence. The spirit of ensemble – commitment to each other, the school, the community and the world – is embodied in our substance agreement and honor code and permeates every aspect of this education.
During the 2020/21 school year, Tara is committed to providing our full program while safeguarding health and safety. Plans are continuously evolving but generally include in-person learning on our newly-customized campus and innovative approaches to festivals, performances, trips and experiential education with preparatory quarantining/testing, backup itineraries and live-streamed events.

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Tara Performing Arts High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
Average ACT

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 10 responses
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  • Trips, Candlelight festival
    60%
  • Advent Dinner
    30%
  • Spirit Week
    10%

    Students

    Diversity
    C+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    51
    14%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
    0%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    3:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    86%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
    Poll
    86%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    B+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    0%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    0%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    0%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      C-
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      C+
    Median Household Income
    $66,117
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,466
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $645,600
    National
    $184,700

    Tara Performing Arts High School Reviews

    22 reviews
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    Tara is a gem! It focuses on teaching each student to truly know and understand him/herself. Tara is not a "Fame" school; it utilized the performing arts as a vehicle to teach about human beings, emotions, communication, how people think, interact and motivate. Teachers are very caring and push each student to strive for their best work. Unlike many college prep schools that primarily drive academic achievement, Tara's academic approach is one of preparing for the world and life in a broader more wholistic way. Travel and experiential learning are a core component of delivering the curriculum as well. Students take pride in their no substance use agreement. Tara is a very small school with small classes where no student can hide or get lost; instead each student can shine and gain confidence to go out into the world.
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    The academics (including science) are incredibly rigorous and the arts are very strong. You would be surprised how much you can learn about yourself from putting on a play here, even if you have absolutely no interest in acting after high school. The travel program is also quite unique and offers hands on compliments to the classroom education, especially for all the classes relating to Europe and the arts. The biggest drawback is lack of diversity, which is not particularly the fault of the school but rather where it’s located (not a very diverse city) and the historical context in which we live. Still, it’s something the school could strive to improve

    Overall fantastic school! You won’t find one like it anywhere else on the planet!
    Tara Performing Arts to me isn’t your average American school environment but a family and community that uphold and support me. The teachers are amazing! They really care about each and every individual student. We call them by there first names and have excellent student teacher relationships. They are the best guides/mentors one could ask for through High School.
    The atmosphere among the students is very friendly and supportive, in fact I really look forward to school every day.
    We learn in truly unique ways through theater, travel as well as first hand experiences, and delving into depth and meaning in every subject. It’s a blessing to be at Tara, where I have expanded in individual growth as well as being able to be a part of the bigger picture. I look forward to the rest of my high school experience with Tara.