SCAPA at Bluegrass has been a wonderful experience for my child. The teachers are well trained and I disagree with the comments below about favoritism. They do not favor anyone from my experience. They allow children who show great potential into the school and do blind auditions....anyone complaining maybe someone who had a child that did not get into the school. Blank flows down hill...and I can tell you from experience that the Principal and directors are top notch and they really, really care about the kids and they put in long hours and go over the top to make sure that each and every kid is getting their needs met. There is a reason why SCAPA consistently gets high marks and it is because the students and the teachers/admin/staff have very high expectations. Period.
I have known many students at SCAPA and I assure you they were admitted on their skill. There have been many applicants that were moderately talented, but came from wealth, influential families and were not admitted. It is comforting to blame one's rejection on factors other than one's skill and believe that those of privilege have an advantage. That IS NOT the case for SCAPA. Anyone who honestly evaluates the application process and looks at the resumes of those that are accepted will see this is accurate.
SCAPA is an amazing school, with wonderful and passionate teachers. My daughter is challenged academically and in her arts area. We cannot say enough about the program, and feel very blessed to have the opportunity.
I love this school!. My daughter is not a legacy. We do not have a lot of money and I am a single parent, so there has never been any lessons. My daughter is a drama major there and I have watched the staff encourage every student. There are no favorites. The other parents and staff have went out of their way to make sure that my daughter is able to get to all of the activities if I don't get out of work in time. She had never picked up a violin before going to this school, but 2/3 of the way through the school year she was able play simple songs properly. She is also able to read notes. There is a very high standard for academics. they encourage thinking for themselves and that there is not necessarily 1 way to solve the problem. It is true that most of the families have money, but the staff and other students/families do not treat us as if we are inferior. The students go out of their way to encourage each other. Parents are very involved at the school
It is not a true ARTS School. Arts training has to come from private lessons, that tend to be very expensive. There is a great deal of favoritism. There is a limited amount of staff resources so they decide who they will invest their time in. It has nothing to do with legacy families they just PICK who they like and they work them the most.. Of course these children will end up being better because they get more attention. If you complain at the school level your child will get blackballed.
Academically a good school. As far as arts teachers go, the teachers there aren't well trained in their particular area, aren't required to have a masters degree. The teachers there, like the students, are hand picked for their spot as teacher because they are well connected in the community, not necessarily the best person, or best trained for the teaching job. No syllabus is required from the teacher as to what they will cover each year. Not the place to get good arts training, even though as an arts school that is what they claim. The school doesn't offer a great education for all students, only their favorites, or the students that are part of legacy families--the families that have had multiple children attend the school.
The school academics or so so. Some teachers grade hard but are not necessarily good teachers. They get good scores because they had pick smart kids who are well educated before they get there. It is a elite school paid for by tax payer dollars. Very very political. They don't care about the individual child they care about the reputation of the school and the egos of the staff. The gifted children who go there get in because they have the best private teachers money can buy who prepare them for the auditions. Usually teachers kids get in because they have access to the good private teachers. Every now and then they will take a minority kid to show that they do that but usually the child has a hard time fitting into the school because the kids are all from different social economical backgrounds.