Art meets academics
Perpich Arts High School opened its doors in 1989 and graduated its first class in 1991. It is a tuition-free, public, residential high school for students in 11th and 12th grades. The school is part of Perpich Center for Arts Education, a state agency funded by the Minnesota legislature.
Students who wish to attend Perpich Arts High School must go through a competitive application and review process. Those accepted have shown artistic promise and a strong commitment to serious study in the arts and academics. The school stresses arts and academics equally and emphasizes creative and analytical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.
AN EQUAL FOCUS ON ACADEMICS
Perpich Arts High School stresses arts and academics equally. Arts are frequently associated with creativity and openness, while academics are associated with rigor and discipline. At Perpich, we combine those ideas to show that the arts demand rigor and the academics expect creativity. Problem solving, writing, measuring, creativity, reading, analytical thinking, negotiating, and decision-making are skills that students practice throughout the day, within arts and academics.
“Perpich is the best school for me because it provides a diverse student population, artistic environment and academic opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else in the state.”
“My teachers encourage me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and to always strive to better my art, never settling for good enough.”
"Perpich is providing me with the opportunity to develop my art, and fulfill a potential which I might never have on my own. I decided to come to Perpich because I was an ugly duckling, and I’m glad I did because now I’m flying with the swans."
"For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my children’s education myself. Sending the two oldest away to Perpich was a huge step of faith and I have not been disappointed. The teachers, in particular, have been fabulous!"
"[Perpich] was a hugely formative experience for me and I think gave me many of the tools to get to this point of, as you said, doing meaningful work that I love."
A note from Carol Grzybowski, Perpich Arts High School Counselor – March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020
Students and Families,
Hi everyone! I am well aware that it’s Spring Break and you may or may not be on your email, BUT I’d love to offer some help to anyone who needs it.
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A note from Dr. Charles Rick, Perpich Executive Director – March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020
Perpich Center for Arts Education is open for business and continues providing arts education services to Minnesotans across the state.
We are committed to providing a safe environment for both the people we serve and our employees. Following guidance from Governor Walz and…
2020 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
March 20, 2020
Congratulations to the Literary Arts, Visual Arts, and Media Arts students, recognized below, on their successes in the 2020 National Scholastic Art Competition! And congratulations to their educators, as well!
Our students are part of almost 3,000 teens across the country that have…