Most public schools and high schools in the United States are traditionally based with a curriculum that will prepare you for college. There are other schools, however, that focus one specialty such as creative and performing arts. This article will look into three such schools located in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. They have traditional classes as well as classes to enhance on the artistic talents of their students. SPCA in Cincinnati has been highlighted with a reality television series on MTV giving others a glimpse into what a school like this is like showing singers sitting at a piano with a piano lamp or piano lamps shining down on them as they prepare to perform in an all school talent show, for example.
The first school is the one mentioned above called SPCA which stands for the School of Performing and Creative Arts located in downtown Cincinnati. It is the oldest public arts school in the nation and the enrollment has increased by 60% over the past year after the airing of the show “Taking the Stage” showed what the school is all about on MTV. The show is like a real life Fame exploring the lives of different students pursuing their dreams of being a professional dancer, rapper or songwriter. A brand new facility and building will be opened for this public school for next year to house the 988 students in grades 4-12. Academics are as good as the arts here being noted as a Blue ribbon School in the past.
Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts has the mission to nurture all of the creative talents of their students while also giving them a solid college prep academic curriculum. The arts that are offered here are creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music and visual arts. In order to be accepted to CAPA you must have good grades from your previous school and go through an audition in the art area you want to major in. The famous singing group, Boyz II Men, all are alumni of the Philadelphia Arts school.
The Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School started in 1979 with just over 30 students and have grown throughout the years to now have students in grades 6-12 at the school studying a variety of arts programs. In 2003-2004, they moved into a new facility that has a large auditorium, a theatre, an art gallery, a television studio and spacious rehearsal areas for all of the various arts to practice in. This new building makes this school a step above many of the others in the area and because of that, the competition to be admitted to this school is very difficult.
There are over 350 arts schools in America, but just a handful of them have been nationally recognized for being some of the best including the ones described in this article. Kids are becoming more interested in arts schools today and the “Taking the Stage” show will only increase that interest.