Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Our school has been a great fit for many students with a passion for the performing arts. We hope it will be for you too!

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

Explore, Interact, and Apply

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.

SPCPA is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 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. #255, or email listed below).

Click on the link below to download the editable application form.
* Note: You’ll need to first save the form to your computer, then complete it, then re-save it, and finally scan/email or fax the form to us. *

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


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

After the first-round applications on February 1, 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 Forms, Student Health Information Forms, Information about Procedures for Arts Placement (more below), and more!

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

Once accepted, students are placed into courses that best correspond with the student’s experience, skill set, and potential.

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.