Arts High School
Rigorous Academics, Intensive Training in the Arts
The Perpich Center Arts High School is a comprehensive, tuition-free public high school offering a rigorous academic program, with intensive coursework focused in the arts.
Powerful Learning Opportunities
AHS offers instruction in six arts areas: Dance, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theater and Visual Arts. Students also study English, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages. The strong liberal arts program integrates arts and academics to provide powerful learning opportunities that stay with students throughout their lives.
A Unique Environment
Open to 11th and 12th grade students who are Minnesota residents, the Arts High School is a unique learning environment where dedicated teachers inspire students to realize their potential, as individuals, as students, as artists, and as members of a community.
We offer a residential option for students enrolled from outside the Twin Cities area. Dedicated and caring staff members provide 24-hour supervision and coordinate many special activities for dormitory residents.
AHS students represent a diverse group seeking an enriching experience in the arts. While AHS provides serious pre-professional training for emerging artists, it gives all students the tools to pursue excellence in many disciplines and walks-of-life through their higher education and professional careers.
Students accepted into the Arts High School have artistic talent – either demonstrated or potential – and a desire to grow artistically and academically. Those who attend are willing to take risks, work hard, and are open to discovery – they are interested in making connections between their artistic vision and their academic life. Learn more about applications and admissions.
North Central Accreditation
The Arts High School is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. NCA Accreditation documents and verifies the school’s ongoing commitment to raising student performance and accountability for improving student learning on a continual basis.
Practicing the “Art” of Achievement
The school embodies a holistic approach to learning focused on the students’ individual goals, skills, learning styles and aspirations. The curriculum is based on clearly defined, high standards of achievement meeting or exceeding state and national academic graduation standards. The outstanding teachers, staff and teaching artists at PCAE receive state and national recognition.
College admissions counselors have commented on the advanced preparedness of our graduates. In 2012, arts high school students had an average score of 23.4 on the ACT (national average: 21.1) and an SAT composite score of 1671 (national average: 1511).
The Arts High School School Profile (pdf) contains more information about classes and the class of 2012.
Successful alumni include those in the art, design, literary, music performance and production, photography, and film and television fields, as well as many others engaged in careers associated with the “creative economy” such as communication, informatics and technology.
Our students have gone on to attend the nation’s top colleges and universities, including eight of the top 10 liberal arts colleges and four of the top five national universities as ranked by US News and World Report. The young men and women from the class of 2008 were accepted to 63 colleges in 23 states, Washington DC, and Canada.
Arts High School graduates go on to success in many different endeavors. Many choose to continue their studies in music, visual art, dance, media arts, theater, or literary arts. Others may choose a different field of study or career path. Whether they go on to work, travel, college, or other adventures – Arts High School graduates take with them the ability to learn, collaborate, create, and contribute.
Postsecondary Information (pdf) (where AHS graduates have gone to college).