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Shadow & Tour


*Because of COVID-19, the status of our student shadow program for 2021-22 is unknown at this time. Please contact Anne Johnson, Admissions, for questions and to schedule another admissions experience.*

As part of the decision-making process to attend Perpich Arts High School, you might want to consider a shadow day. If you are trying to decide which art area is the best fit for you, it can be helpful to shadow in each area that interests you.

When a prospective student shadows at Perpich, they spend the day attending classes with a current student. When possible, a current student is selected from the art area where the prospective student shows interest.

Shadow Days are recommended after attending an Information Session. You may schedule your Shadow Day on a Tuesday or Thursday.

When you have determined the date you want to shadow, email admissions or call 763-279-4200 to schedule.

The Day You Shadow

On the day that you shadow, arrive at the school no later than 7:45 a.m. If you are going to be delayed, please call the front desk at 763-279-4200 to let us know and to allow your host to go on to class. We will take you to your host when you arrive.

If you plan to buy lunch, you can purchase a meal ticket at the front desk when you arrive. Lunch is $3.50 and exact change or small bills are appreciated.

Please dress appropriately and bring something to read in case you find yourself in a class where you cannot participate for the full block (such as a quiz or research). Please also bring paper and a writing utensil.

If you are shadowing in dance or theater, please bring loose clothing appropriate for strenuous movement. If you are shadowing in music, you may bring any of your instruments that are easily portable with you.


*Because of COVID-19, limited in-person tours are available.*

While we offer full tours of the school and dormitory during our Information Sessions, we recognize that not all families and students are able to attend on those specific dates. If you can’t attend an information session, you may take an individual tour that lasts about 45 minutes. These tours are offered on request. Please contact admissions to set up a time for your tour.

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Literary Arts Student from Plymouth

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"[Perpich] was a hugely formative experience for me and I think gave me many of the tools to get to this point of doing meaningful work that I love."

Andrew Edman (Visual Arts 2005)

“From the moment I came to Perpich, it was like a college campus, with an emphasis on independence and finding your own self, with training in academics and becoming an artist.”

Trent Ramert (Theater 2020)

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