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CAPA (Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts)

Mission Statement:
To nurture the creative talents and aspirations of students within an arts-enriched academic program preparing them for higher-level education. Our graduates will demonstrate a mastery of defined skills that enable them to be productive, self-directed, lifelong learners who appreciate and respect diversity.
Accredidations and Awards:
Ranked 39th among top Philadelphia-area public high schools, Philadelphia magazine, 2012; ranked 52nd among high schools in Pennsylvania, U.S. News & World Report, 2014
Points of Pride:
Arts majors; college preparatory curriculum; high college acceptance rate; world-class arts departments
AP Courses:
Biology, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, Music Theory, World History
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
ntimate learning communities; arts majors
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; other instrumental ensemble; jazz; orchestra; visual arts instruction; dance instruction; ceramics; theater instruction; school play or musical(s); theater group; poetry; film/video instruction; creative writing; media arts-video and film
Activities and Special Programs:
Environmental club; student government; Honors Society; Gay-Straight Alliance; mock trial
Boys Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Septa Routes:
2, 4, 9, 23, 27, 32, 40, 64, Broad Street subway
Contact Information
901 S. Broad St., 19147
Joanne Beaver, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 701
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: As and Bs in major subjects, with the exception of one C, on the most recent final report card; 80th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; successful audition in the chosen art field
ELLS: 1%
Special Education: 9%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 64%
Waiting List? Yes, 100
Racial Demographics: African American – 56%     Latino – 11% Asian – 4%     White – 26%     Other – 3%

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