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 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