School Profile

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.

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Quick facts:

Enrollment is no more than 310 students as juniors and seniors from all parts of Minnesota

Average class size is 18 students

The school’s residence hall can accommodate approximately 140 students

The school currently has a faculty of 16 full-time and 10 part-time teachers 

The school day is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The school is part of Perpich Center for Arts Education, a state agency created in 1985 to promote access to and opportunities in arts education for all Minnesota students, teachers and schools. 

Want to attend Perpich? Applicants go through a competitive application and review process. Perpich wants students with three things: passion for their art, potential and curiosity! Arts and academics are equally important and are both taught through creative and analytical thinking, problem solving and decision-making.

The school has:

  • a block schedule system with 90-minute periods
  • half-credit academic/arts electives in 50-minutes blocks four days a week each semester
  • arts courses of three hours a day every afternoon
  • a teaching staff of both teachers and artists
  • accreditation by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools
  • membership in the National Association for College Admissions Counseling 

Perpich is a college preparatory program. That means an academic program with English, mathematics, science, social studies and world languages.Arts courses also are college preparatory and require college-level reading and written work in addition to technical work in the particular art area.

The arts programs are dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater and visual arts.

“[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.”
— Kelly Wray, parent

2018 Class Stats

  • 95.4% graduated
  • 89% are planning postsecondary education
  • $3.37 million in scholarships and grants offered
  • One student named National Merit Commended Scholar
  • 22% of class graduated with honors (3.6 GPA or better)
  • 3.25 average GPA of 2018-2019 applicants
  • 25% to 30% of graduates continue to pursue their art