SCPA is a world-class public K-12 arts school where dedicated students prepare for a lifelong involvement in artistic and scholastic pursuits.
The mission of SCPA is to foster independent thinking in a creative and challenging environment. By providing a diversified curriculum and environment for bright and talented individuals, we seek to offer preparation for higher education and professions in the arts.
Arts classes are interspersed throughout the day. Each class meets daily for one or two periods of approximately 45 minutes each. Many students take electives in their majors as well as the required courses. Students must have at least 8 art credits for graduation, and they must maintain good standing in an arts major.
The late Erich Kunzel, beloved conductor of the Cincinnati Pops orchestra, dreamed of creating an arts school near Cincinnati's iconic Music Hall. Led by Maestro Kunzel, private fundraising gathered almost half of the $72-million price tag for SCPA's new home, inside Over-the-Rhine's distinctive new landmark named the Erich Kunzel Certer for Arts and Education.