Parent & student Resources
We all want our children to succeed academically, to be able to follow their passion in the arts, to be accepted by their peers, to be safe, to be well prepared for post-secondary education and career – to experience the best education possible. These are your goals and they are the goals of Perpich Arts High School, too.
Layered over those very immediate issues, the parents of those students who will be living on campus share another set of must-haves. You want strong supervision, good nutrition, 24-hour safety, good personal support systems and exceptional communication. We provide these very important services and support.
By reading the Student/Parent Handbook thoroughly, you will begin to see the amount of thought and preparation Perpich Arts High School goes through year in and year out to educate and protect your students.
If you talk to Perpich students, almost inevitably they will mention how accepted and safe they feel at Perpich, both physically and emotionally. They will talk about creating and living in a community with other teens very unlike each other in some ways (big city, small town, different ethnicities, religions, family structures) but united in their passion for the arts and their respect for one another’s efforts in the arts.
We believe our students graduate with unusual levels of maturity, self-respect and respect for others, excellent preparation for their post-secondary lives and the ability to use their arts education experience in amazingly original ways. We are proud of them and we know you are even more so.
Parents and students are required to read the Student/Parent Handbook to become familiar with school policies, information, and disciplinary actions. After reading the Handbook, please sign and submit the Agreement form. Questions on the handbook and/or the agreement should be directed to Student Services.
Infinite Campus is an online parent portal that gives parents secure, electronic access to their students’ records. Teachers and staff at Perpich use this system to provide families with consistent and reliable communications about their children’s progress.
Parents can view attendance records, test history, schedules, grades, assignments and personal information. Personal learning plans can be accessed on Infinite Campus. High school transcripts are also available. Students will receive their Infinite Campus login information on their first day of the school year.
Parents will be emailed their Infinite Campus Portal Registration Key and some directions to follow to use the key to register for their portal account. Parents will also receive the registration information via mail, but only need to electronically register once.
If you haven’t received any registration key information within the first two weeks of the school year, please contact the high school at 763-279-4200.
FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON MEALS SERVED IN SCHOOLS
Regulations regarding school lunches are available at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)–Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) website’s page for the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA).” The site includes documents that can be downloaded, access to meal pattern information, instructions and “best practices” that schools around Minnesota are doing in relation to school meals and HHFKA.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin,
sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6582 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Perpich offers several opportunities to be a parent volunteer. It’s a great way to become more involved in the Perpich community and get to know other parents, as well as faculty and staff.
Performances at Perpich are ticketed events. Dance, music and theater charge a small fee for performances, currently $8 a ticket for adults (over 18) and $5 for youth and seniors (age 62 and older). (Perpich students and staff may attend for free.) These fees help to support scholarships and other school initiatives. Parents are recruited to sell tickets and pass out programs for the performances. You can volunteer in advance or you can wait for emails sent out before performances to enlist volunteers.
EXHIBITS AND FAIRS
Perpich occasionally takes a table at an art event or festival or fair to promote the center, inform teachers and artists of our professional development activities and to recruit for Crosswinds and the high school. When possible, we like to include parent volunteers to help at the table and to share their experiences with prospective parents. Parents interested in volunteering at exhibits and fairs should contact Admissions at Perpich Arts High School.
Every year Perpich brings in prospective students to go through their admission reviews. Prospective parents wait in the atrium, usually feeling nervous on behalf of their students. We ask current parents to stop by to chat with waiting parents to ease their apprehension or, if the parent volunteers prefer, they can help the review panels bring students in and out for their reviews, time spontaneous activities and provide general support for the staff. To learn more about volunteering at admission reviews, contact Admissions at Perpich Arts High School.
HOST FAMILIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Every year Perpich exchanges students with the No. 1 Senior High School in Luoyang, China, in the Henan province. The arrival of the Chinese students and their chaperones can be somewhat unpredictable, but they usually arrive for two to three weeks in the fall or spring and the school works to find host families for them on weekends to allow them to experience American family life and work on their English skills.
In addition, Perpich usually hosts two or three French students each year and looks for host families where these students can make brief stays.
Information about both international hosting opportunities usually is sent directly to parent emails with more information on times and dates, along with guidelines to help host families. Questions about international hosting can also be directed to the high school.
"[Perpich] has given Ana direction, skills, and shown her how to express herself through her art. She has grown enormously, and is forever inspired and changed."
"Our daughter Lizzy just graduated from Perpich [in 2012]. We had just moved to Minnesota in August, the month before the start of her junior year...(and that fall,) she was able to begin the best two years of schooling in her life. We love the school, the staff and all the school represents in the arts and the community."
“Our greatest concern was not being able to supervise him during these vulnerable years. We live 250 miles from the school and we couldn’t imagine how we would be able to maintain the quality of communication we felt necessary to be ‘good’ parents. What resolved our concerns were our observations of how attentive the staff was to the residents. They initiated contact with us as needed. They asked all the ‘right’ questions that showed us they understand kids and understand parents, (i.e., what we needed to feel secure about our son being so far away and in someone else’s care). We also discovered that good communication won’t depend on how physically close you happen to be. We feel we’ve continued to have close intimate connection with our son despite the distance. And the dorm staff fosters it.”
"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!"
“Our greatest concern about sending our daughter to live at the dorm was, of course, her safety. After attending an information session and then orientation day all of us felt much more secure. The dorm is set up very securely with a set of very reasonable yet strict rules; our daughter wanted to attend the Arts High School badly enough that she was willing to follow those rules. We were comfortable with the curfews, the sign in and out procedures, and all the other restrictions (some of which were stricter than home). Our daughter has learned to balance her life on her own, to live with other people and their differences and she’s felt a little freedom.”