The School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) is a K-12 pre-professional arts and academic college preparatory school. SCPA affords students a unique educational opportunity, where arts and academics are integrated and mutually reinforced. It’s a curriculum where the arts illuminate academic concepts in the classroom, and vice versa where learning in the academic classroom offers students a richer understanding of their arts practice and performance. Artistically, we prepare students for continued university and conservatory studies, apprenticeships, and/or professional experience. Academically, we prepare students for continued college and university studies in the humanities, liberal arts, and sciences. 

Given SCPA’s unique mission, focused on preparation for higher education and professions in the arts, versus an arts-enrichment curriculum, students are admitted through selective auditions. The audition process ensures that students meet a standard of artistic talent, consistent with SCPA’s vision of artistic and academic excellence as well as the demands of the professional work environment. Students seeking to enroll in K-3 do not audition – enrollment is through CPS' magnet school lottery process (www.cps-k12.org).  Students who are admitted to SCPA through the K-3 lottery must successfully audition into an arts discipline to begin 4th grade. Students entering grades 4-12 are required to audition. The ‘Audition Packet’ tab on this website offers detailed guidance about how to apply and prepare for an audition. 

Please note: If you are seeking enrollment into The School for Creative & Performing Arts for the 2022-23 academic year, a fully completed 2022-23 SCPA Application and all supporting material must be received by January 7, 2022, before your child can be scheduled for an audition. The Audition Preparation Packet supporting material (i.e. visual art portfolio) must be completed and brought with you to the audition unless instructed otherwise.

Out-of-district students (students that do not live within the Cincinnati Public Schools district): A $25 application fee (cash or money order only, payable to SCPA) must accompany the application packet.

Submit your application packet here. (available October 2021 – January 2022)

Upcoming Audition Dates for Enrollment in the 2022-23 Academic Year

  • January 18, 2022: In-district, Grades 7-12 (5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
  • January 19, 2022: In-district & Out-of-district, Grades 4-6 (5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
  • January 20, 2022: In & Out-of-district, Grades 7-12 (5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
  • January 22, 2022: In & Out-of-district, Grades 4-12 (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

(Note: The audition process and dates may be subject to change)