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Creative And Performing Arts

Public | 9-12 | 683 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2012

This school is amazing! Im a 10th grade visual artist and never want to leave. The teachers are so nice and really care about the students. CAPA isnt just strong in the arts they reinforce the education also. I never thought i would understand high school math but i do and my teacher knows how to help me understand the topics. If your doubting sending your child here, dont. They will be welcomed as a new member of the CAPA family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2011

It's the end of junior year and now my son is a senior. The school has helped him be more outgoing,not as shy. 12th grade will be his best year with all that CAPA has to offer. Great kids,great staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

My son, who attended a private school for elementary and Masterman for junior high, just completed his freshman year at CAPA, and we couldn't be happier. Unlike Masterman, where teaching is uneven and the environment is rather factory-like, the teachers were consistently top-notch and the principal is deeply involved, as is his administration. My son's skills as a reader and writer easily improved 100%, and he was regarded as a strong writer at Masterman. The school is diverse, welcoming, and engaging, and small enough that everyone knows your name, not just the students--the parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

CAPA provides a nurturing environment for all students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 22, 2010

Gorgeous physical plant, tolerant, supportive environment for your budding artist.. Great parental involvement. Zero or near zero (serious) discipline incidents. Academics above-average for PHL public schools but lag behind the rigor of area private schools. All teachers and administrators we've interacted with have been engaged, helpful and courteous. If your kid is headed for the arts, this is THE one school in the city to go to. If more traditionally academic focused, look elsewhere. One star off for good but not great academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2009

I love this school =) I am now a senior currently at capa and it is a great experience. It is not like the other schools. You can send your child here and not have to worry about bullying or anything like that! I cant wait to graduate.... But I would do anything to be here at least one more year! =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

This is one terriffic school. Even though there is a lot of focus on the Arts portion of education, there is also a major focus on academics, which I love. my daughter is doing really well here and I am proud of her, the teachers and the students she attends classes with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love the students! Though culturally diverse, they are tolerant and kind to each other, and they are focused on succeeding at their artistic discipline as well as their studies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

Teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are always willing to teach and help while at the same time harboring a sense of independence. This is an environment where students can always fit in with people who share their interests in whatever major they choose.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2009

My child graduated from CAPA Cr. Writing. Academically speaking we found it not on par with Jr High (Masterman), but many of the unique offerings -poetry, screen-writing, fiction & non-fiction--provide an excellent 'workshop' for aspiring writers. Administratively, though, the school lacks professionalism. Jr and Sr year, we attempted (largely unsucces-sfully) to resolve frequent issues of what amounted to haphazard record keeping & then contentious follow-up. The least serious was being charged over & over for dues/fees already paid -- generating notices of being dropped from prom. The worst saga was our attempt to rectify an error in the recording of a final exam score --an error faculty admitted was improperly entered, & would be fixed in a snap. 1 yr & many meetings later, the incorrect score was averaged with my students final GPA/class rank. 1 concern was literally laughed at to our faces. The lack of accountability was most distressing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

It is the best public high school academically to send your child in Philadelphia, I would say, behind Masterman and Central. The quality of academic education depends largely on the teacher you are assigned to - many are amazing, but there are the few who just are not good at their job. The arts are excellent - the feeling of being in the midst of all that talent is indescribable. And responding to student below, it was decided that the induction for the National Honor Society will take place in the beginning of the school year rather than at the end of the previous year, and I don't see what that has to do with academic quality. Discipline isn't strictly enforced because it really doesn't need to be - the general student population knows not to act stupid. Overall, this is a good school. I would recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2008

Though it's a lot safer than most public schools in Philadelphia, there is a lot wrong with CAPA. The school's standards for students behaviorally and academically are extremely low and there is a severe lack of discipline. There are simply a lot of kids that don't deserve to be in this school but stay anyway. It also seems that they don't really care about their more advanced students. Unlike schools like Central, there are basically no advanced classes offered until junior year. And unless I am mistaken there was no ceremony for the National Honors Society last year. As far as the art classes, they're what keep me at CAPA. Small and usually supportive communities develop within the majors and when the correct amount of effort is put out the results are amazing. A lot of excellent teachers have retired recently and even more plan to within the next few years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

My wife and I--and most importantly our daughter-- are extremely happy with CAPA. The academics are strong and the art is inspirational. These kids are so talented! And, the school environment is friendly and supportive. We've found the teachers to be, without exception, professional and willing to go out of their way to be helpful in whatever way each student needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

CAPA is a wonderful school when it comes to the arts. They have outstanding programs when it comes to dance, theatre, vocal, visual arts, and creative writing. The CAPA building is absolutley beautiful. However the academics are a little shabby. Most of the teachers are old and dried out. The administration tries to give you what they think is a passable education. If you have come from a private, charter, parocial, or magnet public school, you will find your years here to be a breeze. But the arts are amazing, and the faculty really cares. CAPA is a great choice, but always keep the academic situation in your mind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2008

Best High School in Philadelphia. My daughter LOVES to go school. Looks forward to all of her classes and she is a Honor Roll Student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

CAPA is the best choice we made for our children to go to high school in the city of Philadelphia. Teenagers need to an outlet to express themselves and our city has taken most of those curriculums out of their schools programs. Not everyone is an athlete, science or computer whiz. I am tired of people saying that CAPA doesn't have good academics. My children always have homework and sometimes I can't do what they are learning in class. The teachers are always available for any questions. CAPA's Home and School Association not only helps with fund raising activities but gets involved in all aspects of the school to support and encourage teachers, staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

I'm a parent of a Jr vocal major at CAPA. Having had a high school aged child attending an academic magnet program at another high shcool I was a little sceptical of the academics at CAPA. I attended the winter concert and my mind was blown with the heavenly sound virbrating perfectly off the beautiful atrium walls and have never looked back! The relationship the staff and principal have with the students is too awesome for words. The close-knit-community-family-feel that graudates return for between college breaks is heart warming! The academic program is...look at the scores for yourself! This school is tops, If I could be a part of the CAPA community, I would go back to school tomorrow! Nothing like it!! Racial, religious harmony like nowhere else! What a wonderful place to spend 4 years to grow and learn. The school itself, atrium, classrooms all state of the art!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

What a shame that such a fabulous building and marvelous resources cannot also include fine academics. I was impressed with the drama program and the quality of the vocal music but the overall experience was very poor. Discipline was all but nonexistent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

As a parent, my opinion of this school is a++,I have two children attending as a freshman and junior, they both major in creative writing. This school gives your student a great head start in experiencing the college atmosphere. Entering the building in itself is a great boost of confidence for all. Ap classes are available and other chances to advance your knowledge are encouraged. The teachers are hands on and involved with the students and parents.Parents are always welcomed to contact the teaching staff with any issues. The principal and vice principal are approachable and always visible-they really make the school unique. Clubs and sports are also a big part of student activities- and of course the creative activities are awesome.What a great place to learn.The students strive to be unique and noticed for their accomplishments .What a great student body this school has! thanks capa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2005

This school is the best. Just the way I like it.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

176 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

176 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

171 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

174 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female72%
Male75%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male77%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female36%
Male36%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female98%
Male94%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 52% 15%
White 29% 71%
Hispanic 11% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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Performing arts
  • Drama
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901 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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