School Overview

The School

The School for Creative and Performing Arts is a K-12 Cincinnati Public School offering pre-professional arts training and advanced college preparatory academics. Approximately 1483 students attend SCPA, which is housed in the new Erich Kunzel Center for Art and Education in downtown Cincinnati. Artistic Departments include Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Technical Theater, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music. Academic departments include English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All students are admitted through highly selective auditions in the art majors. Students are often permitted to participate in more than one art major. Arts board exam reviews are conducted each semester to ensure that students maintain high artistic standards. Academically, state proficiency test scores at most grade levels are among the highest in the local system.

The Students

The student body is the most diverse in the region. Our student body is made up of African American, Hispanic, Asian, Central and Eastern European, Native American, and multi-racial students. Approximately 3 percent of the students live outside the public school district, including neighboring Kentucky and Indiana, and pay tuition. Some students relocate with their families to attend SCPA. Family incomes range from poverty to executive and/or professional levels.

Artistic Program

Arts classes are interspersed throughout the day. Each class meets daily for one or two periods of 46 minutes each. Many students take electives in their majors as well as required courses. Students must have at least 8 art credits for graduation, and they must maintain good standing in an art major. In the 2014-2015 school year, more than 125 student performances were given at SCPA.

Performance majors audition for elite ensembles in addition to taking daily classes. Dance and drama ensemble members also take technique classes. Electives are offered within

most of the art majors so that students may achieve a thorough education. Private music lessons are available to any student who attends SCPA. All students have the opportunity to audition for age appropriate major productions.

Graduation Requirements

  • English requires 4 credits
  • Mathematics (Algebra 1-2, Geometry and one additional) requires 4 credits
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and one additional) requires 3 credits
  • Social Studies (World History, US History, American Government/Economics) requires 3 credits
  • Foreign Launguage (Languages offered: German, Spanish and French)
  • Health requires .5 credit
  • Physical Education requires .5 credit
  • Fine arts requires 8 credits

Total Credits 25


Grades are reported on a 4-point scale for each quarter of the year. Honors and AP courses are given additional weight: 5.0 for A, 4.5 for B. Weighted GPA through the first semester of senior year establish final class rank. Students receive honor roll recognition for B average, A average, and all A’s.

102 students (36%) took AP classes. Score averages: art history (8), 1.75; biology (3), 2.6; chemistry (12), 1.75; English literature (57), 2.67; World history (2), 2.5; calculus AB (14), 1; music theory (2), 5; music non-aural (2), 5; music aural (2), 5.

Postsecondary Statistics (2015)

  • 98% were accepted into post-secondary programs.
  • 78% of the graduating seniors went on to four-year colleges or universities
  • 13% continued on to two-year colleges or vocational/career training.
  • 2% went directly to the armed forces, and/or entered performing arts careers.
  • 31% of students enrolled in out-of-state colleges and/or universities