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, we are pleased to offer prospective families two options for exploring SPCPA.

Prospective families may have a 30-min phone call with our principal.  We invite families to participate in the call on a speakerphone function so all interested parties, including the student, can hear the information and have the opportunity to ask questions.  Please send an email to to set up your phone call.

Prospective families, one family at-a-time, may also come in to the school during the summer for a 30-min personal tour given by a member of our staff.  (Mask wearing and social distancing guidelines will be followed.)  Please send an email to to set up your family’s tour.


CLICK HERE for the 20-21 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 will receive an email inviting you to enroll at which time you’ll complete an Enrollment Packet. Upon our receipt of your completed packet, the student is officially enrolled at SPCPA.  (Just one of the many items in the packet is a release for records that the parent/guardian signs which gives us permission to get records from the previous school: don’t worry, we’ll take care of that.)


Though there is no audition to get into SPCPA, we do have an opportunity for our Arts faculty 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; it’s an opportunity for faculty to ensure you are 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.  Details will be emailed to families after their enrollment paperwork is submitted.

*NB: Due to COVID-19, we are not holding summer Arts Placement Days. New students will be seen in their regularly scheduled arts courses and any adjustments that need to be made will be done within the first two weeks of the semester.

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.