The opportunity to attend a residential school at this point in your student's life is a good stepping stone toward college. Dorm life at Perpich is similar in many way to dorm life at a university or art school--with more restrictions. We take our responsibility of caring for them seriously. We invite you to initiate conversations, express concerns and raise questions at any time with the dormitory staff and/or the school director, whom you may contact through student services.
You will miss them
And they will miss you. However, parents tell us living in the residence hall added to their children’s maturity, ability to resolve issues on their own and their basic life skills such as cooking, laundry and housekeeping.
Visits from parents
The residence hall has two bedrooms reserved for the free use of family members visiting their children. These are primarily to allow family who live greater distances from the school to stay overnight in order to see performances, readings or exhibits of their students’ work at the school.
Boys and girls together
The residence hall at Perpich is three floors with the male students’ rooms on the first floor and the female students’ rooms on the second and third floors. Students of both genders are allowed to mingle in the public areas under supervision. Anyone visiting students at the dorm must sign in and remain in the public areas of the residence hall.
Bedrooms and baths
Each bedroom is designed for two roommates, holding two single beds, two wardrobes and two student desks with chairs. The bathrooms are designed to be used by four students. Each wing of each floor has “quads” with eight bedrooms and four baths and a central open area that serves as a common area for students to gather to socialize or study together.
Facilities in the building
The residence hall has a full kitchen and a recreation room with large-screen television and table games on the first floor. The building has two laundry facilities, one on the first and one on the second floor and a workout room with treadmills and other machines on the second floor. In addition, the second floor has the “rumpus room,” a smaller rec area with television and an area with tables for eating or studying. The second floor has a computer lab where students may work on homework or research assignments.
What should a student bring to the dorm and what shouldn't they bring?
The dorm is supervised 24 hours a day and the campus has a security guard onsite. A nurse is on staff every weekday morning. Each year 10-12 students have the opportunity to serve as residence assistants on their floors.
Curfew and access
Curfew is at 10:30 p.m. on school nights and, for those students who stay over on weekends, the curfew is midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. During the day, the dorm is locked and students may return only if they have a pass either to pick up forgotten items needed for school or if they are sick.
Residence hall staff organize activities for free time such as an annual Halloween party, board game nights, shopping expeditions and movie nights. They also provide organized transportation for recreational destinations.
The residence hall is a privilege
Along with the rewards of living on campus, it is important to know there are expectations to be aware of before your child commits to being a resident student. Parents and students are encouraged to thoroughly read the Student/Parent Handbook together either on this website or when you receive the hard copy, usually at registration. Living on campus is a privilege that can, and will, be revoked for students who disregard established policies and expectations.
“For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my childrens’ 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!"
— Merri Mickelson, parent
What parents have to say about residential life
“Our greatest concern about sending our daughter to live at the dorm was, of course, her safety... 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... 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.”
“Our greatest concern was not being able to supervise [our son] during these vulnerable years... 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... We feel we've continued to have close intimate connection with our son despite the distance. And the dorm staff fosters it.”