An Accepting and Inclusive School
The Arts and College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) has always been rooted in providing students a progressive education, pushing boundaries, and finding student-focused solutions. When education (as we've known it for the last century) came to a screeching halt in March, ACPA staff was naturally ready to adapt. When it became clear that the health and safety of the school community would be compromised by fully returning to school in the fall of 2020, ACPA staff confidently began creating various models of learning in order to support all students and families. ACPA was ready for the challenge last year, is ready for the challenge this year, next year, and every year after.
We have a climate and culture that is based on a trailblazing arts and college prep curriculum in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and progressive.
The vision of ACPA is to sustain a progressive teaching and learning culture that thrives on safety, acceptance, and inclusion, rigorous academics, a commitment to the arts, and college preparedness.
- Respect For Diversity
- Problem Solving
How ACPA Students Describe Their School In One Word
A Day At ACPA, During Period 2
ACPA Is A Community
Testimonials From Our Students
“I have never been judged ever for anything I've said or done. Nearly every opinion and idea is accepted and/or tolerated. Plus, whenever I'm feeling down or just not up to it, I have people emotionally supporting me and making sure my day is much better than before.”
“…I feel like when I am having a crappy day, my peers who don't even know me care enough to stop and see what's wrong. ACPA has allowed to grow in a way that I feel confident in myself and I don't care about what others have to say anymore.”
“Although some of the teachers and students may not always understand what others are experiencing, they are always willing to learn.”
"ACPA really helped me work on my skills in regards. It was great to go to a school where theater, and arts in general, were considered to be just as important as academic classes. "
-student, class of 2018
“At ACPA, I feel that I have many resources to talk to if I ever feel the need to. Every student is open to conversation and just listens to what you have to say. Same goes with the staff. ACPA is a safe environment for me to express my feelings because i feel that if I do, no one will bring me down or tell me rude things. Even though there are some arguments and times were I might not like someone, I always come around to realizing how amazing they are. I feel like I can talk to any teacher about anything, even if I don’t know or necessarily have them in a class. I love it.”
"The arts at ACPA are unlike any other art school I have seen. Coming in as a freshman, I was naturally very shy and standoffish because I was in a different environment than I was used to. I came to ACPA with zero experience in any art form, and the teachers really work with the students no matter where you are starting off. They understand that some students are more withdrawn while others are more assertive. Our teachers aren’t just teachers, they are artists also, so I felt more comfortable with my teachers because I didn’t have to approach them as if they were this super scary authority figure, but someone who was here to collaborate with the students. Getting to experience all of the various art forms as a freshman helped me realize that I enjoyed an area of the arts that I didn’t think I would. This also really helped in my academic classes, because I had the opportunity to be creative with my assignments, projects, and essays. I really appreciate that the arts at ACPA led me to go to college with a diverse and open mindset, something that is really going to help in the long run. "
-student, class of 2018