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Perpich Arts High School

academic,
intensive
trainingin the arts

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.

WE ARE TUITION – FREE

Perpich Arts High School offers a robust academic program with an emphasis in the arts. Each Perpich student focuses on one of six art areas during their time in our school. The six areas are: dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.

We regularly graduate 98-100 percent of our students and an average of 85 percent of them make plans to go on to postsecondary education every year, winning between $3 and $4 million in scholarships annually. We offer AP and College in the Schools classes in math, English, and French. In addition, qualified students may also participate in PSEO options. Our students win honors ranging from National Merit Scholarship recognition to national Scholastic Arts & Writing awards.

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.”

Erika Beal, Literary Arts Student from Plymouth

“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.”

Regan Dockery, Theater Student from Sartell

"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."

Naftalia Rose, Literary Arts Student from Crystal

"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!"

Merri Mickelson, Parent

"[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."

Andrew Edman, ‘05, Visual Arts

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PERPICH NEWS

  • Studio Arts Celebrate the 2021 Minnesota Regional Scholastic Art Awards

    January 13, 2021

    Perpich Studio Arts (Visual Arts and Media Arts students and staff) celebrate another year of Scholastic Arts hard work and success!

    We are very pleased to announce the 2021 Minnesota Regional Scholastic Art Awards! Congratulations to the Perpich Gold Key, Silver Key, and…

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  • Kathryn D’Elia Exhibiting at Susan Hensel Gallery

    December 21, 2020

    Work by Kathryn D’Elia, Visual Arts Instructor, is currently on display at the Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis. The exhibition will run through February, 2021.

    In her artist statement, D’Elia says, “This exhibition is a collection of work created through gathered observations: a…

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  • Jila Nikpay’s Film “Objects of Love” to Premiere in December

    December 17, 2020

    A film written and directed by Jila Nikpay, Media Arts Instructor, will be premiering on ShortsTV on December 26, 2020. The film, Objects of Love (2020), is about 20-year-old feisty Roya floating between her demanding immigrant father and old-world grandmother. When against their…

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Calling all 10th & 11th graders in Minnesota:
APPLY NOW for Perpich Arts High School!
Deadline is February 1, 2021.

Looking for something different?
A place where you can explore your art and be inspired?
You belong at Perpich.
https://perpich.mn.gov/arts-high-school/apply-now/

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