About Creative Arts

Creative Arts Secondary School
  • With a school community that is inclusive and supportive, Creative Arts students thrive. Students choose Creative Arts because they love challenges in both academics and the arts. Our middle school program is exploratory to broaden and build students’ individual artistic skills, preparing them for their 8th grade capstone presentation.
    Our high school students are motivated to pursue training that develops a personal artistic vision, be it through visual or performing arts. This process begins with an audition to show what students know and are able to do in an art form. With these foundations laid, we meet them where they are and set rigorous artistic and academic learning goals for high school graduation and beyond. 

    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%