About Creative Arts

Creative Arts Secondary School
  • Who We Are

    We are Creative. We Support Each Other. We are Good at What We Do.  

    Along with our mission to use rigorous study in and through the arts to develop creative young adults, these core values are the backbone of everything we do.  A student who has a passion for the arts — be it visual, performing or media — will thrive in our inclusive and supportive environment.


    The Arts

    Middle School: Exploring our options.

    Our 6th graders take a class in dance, theater, music and visual arts to help them transition from the full complement of elementary art offerings. In 7th grade, students choose arts electives based on their interests.  By 8th grade, student elective choices are supported by a performing or visual arts-based Foundations class to prepare them to audition into their 9th grade art area.


    High School: Refining our craft.

    While many of our students have talents that span multiple art areas, we ask students to choose a primary area of study when they enroll.  We currently offer leveled, criterion-based coursework in: visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music and dance. We also have courses in theater, audio production, video production and literary arts.  Students will be guaranteed courses each year in their primary art area.


    The Academics

    Creative Arts offers a rigorous academic course of study.  Students have options for regular and advanced level courses as early as 6th grade.  In high school, we offer Advanced Placement courses in math, history, human geography, world history, and visual art. All of our core classes support our growing artists through arts integrated projects and lessons.


    Creative Arts thrives through creative activities such as galleries, art shows, performances, open mics, artist residencies, local business collaborations, and more. Our learning environment includes vibrant downtown Saint Paul, including museums, the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, the Lowertown artist community, and more.

     

    Our Vision:
    Creative Arts Secondary School is a premier Saint Paul arts school graduating successful, creative producers, ready for college and career.

    Our Mission:
    Creative Arts Secondary School develops creative young adults through rigorous study in both arts and academics. Students pursue a personal artistic vision, learning in and through the arts, as part of a supportive creative community.

     

At A Glance

  • Serving grades: 6-12
    Enrollment: 439
    Principal: Kristen A. Lynch
    Hours (Grades 6-8): 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Hours (Grades 9-12): 8:25 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

    Phone: 651-292-3480

    Students Who Identify As:
    American Indian 2.5%
    Asian American 20.9%
    African American 38.2%
    Hispanic American 16.8%
    Caucasian American 21.6%

    Students Who Use:
    Special Education 16.6%
    Free and Reduced Lunch 82.2%
    English Language Learning 19.5%