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Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
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School Details

  • School TypePublic District Special Admit
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Waiting List Size100
  • Enrollment746
  • PrincipalMs. Joanne Beaver
  • Phone Number215-400-8140
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Ellsworth-Federal), Bus (4, 23, 27, 32, 64)
  • Address 901 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
  • NeighborhoodSouth Philadelphia
  • Fax215-400-8141
  • Application DeadlineNovember 2nd, 2018
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Mission

The mission of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) is to nurture the creative talents and aspirations of its students within an arts-enriched academic program to prepare them for higher education. Our graduates...

The mission of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) is to nurture the creative talents and aspirations of its students within an arts-enriched academic program to prepare them for higher education. Our graduates demonstrate a mastery of defined skills that enable them to be productive, self-directed, lifelong learners who appreciate and respect diversity.

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Points of Pride

- Arts majors - College-preparatory curriculum - 95 percent college acceptance rate - 95 percent college matriculation rate - World-class arts departments

- Arts majors - College-preparatory curriculum - 95 percent college acceptance rate - 95 percent college matriculation rate - World-class arts departments

Admissions Policy

Must have all A's and B's in major subjects with the exception of one C on the 7th grade report card. Must score at least the 80th percentile on 7th-grade PSSA Must have exemplary attendance and punctuality. Must have no negative...

Must have all A's and B's in major subjects with the exception of one C on the 7th grade report card. Must score at least the 80th percentile on 7th-grade PSSA Must have exemplary attendance and punctuality. Must have no negative disciplinary reports. Must complete an arts audition in a specific area (creative writing, dance, visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music, theater, or multimedia/design/TV/film).

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Safety & Culture

Intimate learning communities. Arts majors.

Intimate learning communities. Arts majors.

Accreditations & Honors

Attained AYP status, 2003-present; Pennsylvania Department of Education Keystone Achievement Recognition for consecutive years of AYP, 2003-present; named as one of the "Top City Schools in 2011" by Philadelphia Magazine; among eight...

Attained AYP status, 2003-present; Pennsylvania Department of Education Keystone Achievement Recognition for consecutive years of AYP, 2003-present; named as one of the "Top City Schools in 2011" by Philadelphia Magazine; among eight District high schools to be named on the "Best High Schools in Pennsylvania" list by U.S. News and World Report. Named as one of the top-rated schools in the state. Award winning staff.

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 55.6%
White 22.7%
Hispanic 10.1%
Asian 5.1%
Other 6.5%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 73.8%
Male Students 26.2%

Special Education

Special Ed 7.6%

Gifted Education

Gifted 7.3%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 56%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 1.3%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
200
10th Grade Students
185
11th Grade Students
181
12th Grade Students
180
Total Students
746

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
0.9

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 79%

AP Class Offerings

  • Biology,
  • Calculus AB,
  • English Language,
  • English Literature,
  • Music Theory,
  • Psychology,
  • US History,
  • World History

Activities & Programs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

  • Voc Other

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Dance Instr,
  • Choir,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Dance,
  • Ceramics,
  • School Plays,
  • School Musicals,
  • Theater Group,
  • Poetry,
  • Film,
  • Jazz,
  • Orchestra,
  • Other

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Softball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Cross Country,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Girls Track and Field,
  • Volleyball,
  • Girls Volleyball

Other Activities

My Vision Theater Student Council Yearbook Fashion Club Down to Earth Math Tutoring Chess/Games SAT Prep: Lit Sat Prep: Math GSA Gardening Club Costa Rica Explorations Art History Fit Club Mock Trial National Honor Society

My Vision Theater Student Council Yearbook Fashion Club Down to Earth Math Tutoring Chess/Games SAT Prep: Lit Sat Prep: Math GSA Gardening Club Costa Rica Explorations Art History Fit Club Mock Trial National Honor Society

Electives

Arts programs serve as electives. There is opportunity for some cross over of Arts classes.

Arts programs serve as electives. There is opportunity for some cross over of Arts classes.

Language Programs

  • Spanish

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents School Advisory

Parent Involvement

Parent volunteers serve as chaperones for department and class trips, provide support for all performances, sell concessions during all main stage performances, provide technical support for the web page.

Parent volunteers serve as chaperones for department and class trips, provide support for all performances, sell concessions during all main stage performances, provide technical support for the web page.

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