Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists!

Carefully review the steps outlined here as you pursue enrollment at SPCPA.

Please Note: We do not offer individual student shadowing at SPCPA.

Explore, Interact, and Apply

1. Learn about SPCPA

Exploring the website is a great way to learn more about SPCPA. We consider exploring these pages as the “first step” in the enrollment process.

Please take the time to review the school’s website, our Frequently Asked Questions, and student expectations.

  • SPCPA students engage in rigorous arts and academic courses designed to prepare them for a wide array of post-secondary opportunities.  It is important for prospective students to understand the commitment, responsibilities, and expectations associated with being an SPCPA student.

2. Visit SPCPA

Prospective Student Experience (PSE) sessions

SPCPA hosts informational sessions for prospective students and their family during school days and evenings on selected dates throughout the school year.  This group experience is a great way for prospective students and their parent/guardian(s) to get a feel for the climate and culture of our school by engaging with school staff and current students.  Visiting SPCPA is beneficial for students to determine if the school is going to be a good fit.

During a PSE, SPCPA’s Academic Director and the Artistic Director present information regarding the school and it’s programs followed by a Q&A, a panel discussion with current students, and a tour of our school. PSEs are designed for BOTH student and parent/guardian(s) to attend.

You can reserve a PSE spot by contacting Nancy Galatowitsch (email to galatowitschn@spcpa.org, or call 651-290-2225 ext. # 234).

Friday October 6 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Tuesday October 17 8:15 – 10:30 AM
Friday November 3 8:15 – 10:30 AM
Tuesday November 14 8:15 – 10:30 AM
Friday November 17 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Thursday November 30 8:15 – 10:30 AM
Tuesday December 5 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Wednesday December 13 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Monday January 29 8:15 – 10:30 AM
Wednesday January 31 6:00 – 7:30 PM

3. Complete an Application

SPCPA is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

You can pick up an application if you visit SPCPA for a PSE, download it from our website (see link below), or have one mailed to you (contact Susan Reiling, call 651-290-2225 ext. # 246, or email listed below).


Click on the link below to download the editable application form.



Please mail, fax, or email your completed application to:

Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
Attn:  Susan Reiling
16 W 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Fax: (651) 290-9000

Email: reilings@spcpa.org

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Anyone whose application was received on or before February 1, 2017 receives notification of acceptance status no later than the end of February.

4. Check your Mailbox

After a completed application is sent in, the school will notify families of their acceptance status.

First-round applications for the school year are due on or before February 1, 2017. After this, acceptance is determined on a space-available basis. A lottery process is implemented if the number of applications exceeds capacity. SPCPA continues to accept applications following the initial deadline indicated above and continues to accept students and conduct a lottery, as needed, based on space available.

Accepted students will receive an enrollment packet in the mail, including:

  • Full SPCPA Enrollment Form
  • Metro Transit Bus Card Information
  • Special Education Services Form
  • Information about Procedures for Arts Placement (more below)

5. Leveling at SPCPA

Students are not required to audition prior to admittance into SPCPA.

Once accepted, students are placed into levels within each arts program, detailed here:

SPCPA 2017-18 Procedures for Arts Placement

In accordance with state and federal mandates, SPCPA leveling practices appropriately accommodate for students with disabilities as identified in a 504 plan or IEP.

For clarification on the process above or to request an application by mail, please call 651-290-2225.

For more information regarding SPCPA admissions process, please see our Admission Policy here.

For more information on Out-of-State Residency and Tuition, please review here.

It is SPCPA’s policy to provide equal educational opportunity for all students.  The school does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation or age.  The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students.