Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in 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!

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

Explore, Interact, and Apply


Exploring our 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.


During this time when we are not able to gather as a group for our traditional Prospective Student Experience, we are pleased to offer prospective families a few other options for exploring SPCPA.  Please send an email to to take advantage of these opportunities to connect with and learn about us.

Over-the-Phone Information Session

We are offering prospective families an opportunity to have a 30-min phone call with our principal. We invite families to participate in the call on speakerphone function so all interested parties, including the student, can hear the information and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Individual Family Tours

One family at a time, please join us for a tour of our campus. This is a great opportunity to see the school in its environment in downtown St Paul and feel the energy of the school in action. SPCPA staff will wear masks and follow physical distancing guidelines for schools as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Zoom Sessions with Current Seniors

We are pleased to offer prospective families the opportunity to participate in a live Zoom session with current seniors. You’ll hear about the school from their perspective and lots of opportunities to ask questions. We’ll be offering these Zoom sessions once a month.


CLICK HERE for the 20-21 Application Form

CLICK HERE for the 21-22 Application Form

*NB: You’ll need to download the form to your computer first, then fill it out, then re-save it before you send it back to us. You can also print it out, complete it, then scan and email it back to us at or fax it to us at 651-290-9000.


You will receive an email inviting you to enroll at which time you’ll complete our Enrollment Packet. Upon our receipt of your completed packet, the student is officially enrolled at SPCPA.


There is no audition to get into SPCPA, however, we do provide our Arts faculty an opportunity to meet new students and get a sense of where they are at in terms of training, experience, and interest. This is a no stress situation; we want to be sure you are being placed in arts classes that are both appropriate and challenging.

We have a number of Arts Placement Days scheduled throughout the late spring and during the summer months. The session is only during the morning hours, typically 8AM – Noon. Once enrollment is confirmed, new families/students will be sent an email inviting them to attend an Arts Placement Day that works in their schedule.

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.