St. Louis City Schools

Central Visual & Performing Arts High School


  • Grades Served: 9 – 12
  • 401 Students
  • Average Class Size: 22
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 7:10am – 2:07pm
  • Opened in 1984
  • Over 30 unique art courses, students have myriad opportunities to pursue their artistic passions.
  • "We have a nationally competitive Debate team, a chapter of the National Honor Society, a rigorous Advanced Placement program, a strong partnership with COCA, and many other excellent opportunities."
  • The Principal is a proud Alumni of the school.
  • Admission requirements:
  • College readiness program for students: freshmen and sophomores participate in individualized college advising, juniors enroll in free ACT prep
  • Extracurriculars: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Art, Student Council, National Honor Society, Debate, Youth Leadership, Work Study, Cultural Leadership, Focus St. Louis, TUF, Senior Leadership, Yearbook, Community Service, Poetry Out Loud, GSA, Thespians, Math Team, Verbquake
  • Special Education: The Special Education Deparrtment provides the required core curriculum design as well as incorporating extensive transition planning and support to assist students in meeting
  • Parent Involvement: CVPA 's PTO meets each quarter prior to our performing arts nights to discuss important school news, fundraising efforts and to disseminiate school data. Communication is key to our collaborative success and thus CVPA communicates with parents regularly via our website, Instagram, Twitter, Schoolreach phone, our weekly arts happenings newsletter/e-blast, and through our parent portal.
  • Advanced application is required and spots are allocated by lottery. For details including elligibility information, application requirements, lottery schedule and placement procedures, download the SLPS Magnet Guide
  • Offers 12 AP Classes



  • Lacks Economic Diversity95% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially


This School SLPS Avg
96.4% 7.8% 74.6% 1.5%
In 2016, earned 96.4% of possible APR/MSIP points
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Test Scores

This School SLPS Avg State Avg
64.3% 31.4% 55.8%
In 2016, 64.3% of students tested Proficient or Above
For more details, see MODESE's School Report Card

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Reviews (2)

  • Those who know teach!Parent 02/03/2015
    The teachers at CVPA truly know their craft. If you have a student who loves to sing, play and instrument, draw or drama, then Central is the place for your child. But don't be fooled by the Arts, they will receive a solid education. I know first hand that the teachers care about the students and want them to do well. Sending my daughter there was the best choice for us.
  • Best kept secret in the city of St. Louis, for high school studentsParent 02/02/2015
    Central Visual and Performing Arts High School is the best kept secret in the city, for those students/parents that are looking for a challenging academic/fine arts experience, with a touch of home. The principal/administrators/teachers/security guards and everyone else that works at CVPA work as a team, therefore, making it the best nurturing environment for the student and at times even the parents. In addition to the strong team work ethic, the students are treated exceedingly well as individuals, unique, talented, and very much appreciated for who they are as well as for how well they perform, both academically, and artistically. I have found that one of the best qualities of all the professionals that work at Central, is their attention and sensitivity to each and every student enrolled. I don't know how they do it, but the results are awesome and spectacular. So, if you have that brilliant son or daughter, that dyes their hair every color of the rainbow, that does well in school, and enjoys a more relaxed, but still structured environment, that is talented, and accepts an array of very different individuals, Central VPA is the school for your child.
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