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."
2020 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards
We are very pleased to announce the 2020 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards! Congratulations to the Perpich Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention award winners and our hard working and inspiring teachers! With this list of impressive students, Perpich ranks in the top 3…
FY21 Regional Arts Teacher-Leader Network Application Now Available
Perpich Center for Arts Education’s Regional Arts Teacher-Leader Network is now accepting applications for FY21!
Teachers in the RAT-L network participate in ongoing professional development in both leadership and effective teaching. They apply their learning through implementing an annual leadership plan to advance arts education…
2020 Minnesota Dance Summit
Save the date! The 2020 Minnesota Dance Summit is February 1, 2020.
Hosted by Perpich Center for Arts Education in collaboration with Dance Educator’s Coalition of Minnesota.
This year’s summit will begin with a keynote speaker and feature multiple sessions that include technique classes, movement…