The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts

Basic Information

Address: 901 S. Broad Street Avenue of the Arts Philadelphia, PA 19147
County: Philadelphia
School District: Philadelphia Public
Phone Number: 2159522462
Fax Number: 215952 6472
Principal: Johnny Whaley

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Additional Information

School Type: Special Admissions/Creative and Performing Arts/Public High School
Accreditation: Middle States
Ages/Grades: Grades 9-12
School Setting:

Urban setting in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts. Served by public transportation (SEPTA): Broad Street subway, bus routes C, 27, 32

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 7:50 AM - 3:00PM
School Days in Calendar Year: 184
School Colors: Light Blue/Dark Blue
School Mascot: Pegasus
School Size: 680
Classroom Size: 33
Student/Teacher Ratio: 33-1

English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, Theater/Film, Dance, Creative Writing, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Visual Arts


Standardized Curriculum with Arts Enrichment, additional Honors and AP classes, Dual Enrollment at local universities

School Performance: Annual participation in the Thanksgiving Day Parade; Instrumental students successfully participate in district, state, and regional orchestras; award-winning UWA (United Artists and Writers) literary magazine; 97% college acceptance rate; vocal music students requested to perform during annual civic and holiday events and special celebrations throughout the region; theater students provide interactive theater activities for elementary students with a focus on literacy; award-winning visual arts displays produced for annual art displays and competitions at venues throughout the city; Dance students perform in annual competitions for scholarships and perform annually at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.; the annaul spring musical regularly wins awards in the CAPPIES competition; rigorous academic pro gram enriched with arts education includes honors and AP classes.
Percentage of Graduating Class: 99
Support Services:

Learning Support, part-time

Computer Capabilities:

Computer lab, Computer Design class, Film Studio offering accreditation

School Championships:

Regional swimming, Boys Volleyball, Girls softball

School Clubs:

Weight Training, Philly Reality Theater, Bible Study, Gospel choir, Mock Trial, Student Government, National Honor Society, My Vision Theater, Film Club, Tech Crew, Stage Crew, UWA, Down to Earth environmental club, Gay-Straight Alliance

Notable Graduates:

Jasmine Sullivan, Boys to Men, Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco, Karen Slack, ?uestLove and Black Thought from The Roots, Karen Milani White, Mark Webber, Bilal Oliver.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Staff only

Admissions Requirements:

High Proficient scores on PSSA (1500 or better) in both Reading and Math  (80% or better on nationally normed standardized tests, Reading and Math); A's and B's in all major subjects on most recent final report card; excellent attendance, punctuality, and behavior.  After meeting this academic screening students are invited to an audition in their chosen art area which they must pass successfully.

Admissions Deadline: Currently, November 15th for the following year
Mission Statement:

The mission of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) is to nurture the creative talents and aspirations of its 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.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

In a multicultural environment, CAPA provides a comprehensive and sequenced program of study in six arts disciplines: creative writing, dance, theater, instrumental music, vocal music, and visual arts, as well as a rigorous pre-college academic program across the curriculum.

School History:

Created in 1982 to foster desegregation, this magnet program had two previous locations before settling into a new building attached to a Greek Revival library on Broad Street at Christian within walking distance of City Hall.

Notes/School Information:

Partnerships with Young Playwrights, Philadelphia Theater Company, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.