Academic Programs

Students in gallery working

In addition to our six arts areas, students at Perpich Arts High School engage in rigorous academic offerings. The school provides a college preparatory program with academic courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies and world languages. We regularly graduate 100 percent of our students and an average of 85 percent of them make plans to go on to postsecondary education every year, winning $3 to $4 million in scholarships annually.

Perpich Arts High School offers AP and College in the Schools classes for students. 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. Keep reading to learn more about the academic subjects and educational opportunities offered at Perpich.
Teaching through the arts
At Perpich, arts classes are not electives nor do arts activities stay in a tidy spot on the daily schedule. The arts infuse our classwork throughout the day. Arts are academic and academics are art.
In Analysis and Criticism, a writing-intensive course in the English Department, students watch foreign films and write weekly analytical papers about them.  The course uses the art form of cinema as a basis for learning to write discerningly and to reflect on cultures that are not our own.
The materials science course allows interested students to explore the properties and applications of a variety of chemicals and substances used in both media and visual arts.
Art even sneaks through the door of the calculus classroom where one project is to use calculus equations to create 3D paper art projects. World languages naturally employ the arts and cultures of the countries where Spanish and French are spoken.
Our Shakespeare course isn’t merely a class to read the Bard, but requires students to get up from their desks to play in acting spaces using actors’ vocabulary, the acting process and theatrical performance strategies to experience Shakespeare on a deeper level.
History, too, uses cinema, literature and music to examine and understand the United States’ past. Museum studies and art history are courses that meet social studies requirements. 
Please glance through the course catalog to find many other examples of how our faculty teach in and through the arts.

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