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

Accreditation: Middle States
School Type: Special Admissions/Creative and Performing Arts/Public High School
School Mascot: Pegasus
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 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

Percentage of Graduating Class: 99
Support Services:

Learning Support, part-time

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 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.

Additional Information:

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