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 still successfully audition into an arts discipline to begin at 4th grade. Students entering grades 4-12 are required to audition. The ‘Audition Packet’ tab on this website offer detailed guidance about how to apply and prepare for an audition.

Please note – if you are interested in seeking enrollment at The School for Creative & Performing Arts, for the 2018-19 academic year, a fully completed 2018-19 SCPA Application and all supporting material must be received by January 5th, 2018, before your child can be scheduled for an audition. The Audition Preparation Packet must be completed and brought with you to the audition. *If you are an out-of-district student, a $25 application fee (cash or money order only, payable to SCPA) must accompany the application packet.

Upcoming Audition Dates for Enrollment in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

January 16, 2018:  In-district, Grades 7-12 (5:00pm-10:00pm)

January 17, 2018: In-district, Grades 4-6 (5:00pm-10:00pm)

January 18, 2018: In & Out-of-district, Grades 7-12 (5:00pm-10:00pm)

January 20, 2018: In & Out-of-district, Grades 4-6 (10:00am-5:00pm)