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    Teens who spend time in Downtown Pittsburgh say they need a welcoming neighborhood, more safe spaces

    90.5 WESA | By Sarah Schneider Published January 26, 2023 at 5:35 AM EST Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey and City Council President Theresa Kail-Smith plan to establish an advisory committee that will be tasked with opening centers as part of Gainey’s “Plan for Peace.”

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  •  Pittsburgh CAPA graduate accepted to world-renowned dance company

    Pittsburgh CAPA graduate accepted to world-renowned dance company

    Garland, 20, joined Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school (CAPA) in eighth grade and received classical training. Since then, he’s been involved in numerous companies, programs, and camps, the most notable of which is his recent admission to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He’s making the move during his junior year at University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the middle of Ailey’s season.

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  •  Surprise bicycle delivery made at Pittsburgh elementary school

    Surprise bicycle delivery made at Pittsburgh elementary school

    PITTSBURGH — Kindergarten students at Pittsburgh Minadeo PreK-5 in Squirrel Hill started cruising in physical education class on Monday, thanks to a surprise delivery of 24 bicycles. Engineering company HDR and All Kids Bike provided the school with the bikes, helmets, and more, as part of an initiative that seeks to teach kids how to ride at school.

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  • Address 111 9th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • ADA Accessible Yes
  • Phone (412) 529-6101
  • Uniform No
  • School Colors Black and White
  • District 8
  • Students 845
  • FAX (412) 338-6143
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  • Hours 7:25-3:00 High School. 8:05-3:27 Middle School


  • Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 is a Creative and Performing Arts Magnet school located in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown cultural district. In 2009, CAPA was awarded the Blue Ribbon as a school of Distinction by the Department of Education.

    The mission of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 is to provide every student in grades 6-12 with a comprehensive academic program rooted in a superior quality arts education experience that encourages excellence and success in their personal development as artists and cultural leaders. CAPA 6-12 offers a challenging and integrated curriculum that equally provides world-class preparation for college and university study, and conservatory level preparation for artistic careers.

    The environment at CAPA 6-12 is enhanced by partnerships and collaborations with local and national cultural organizations and universities that provide opportunities in which to explore the relationships between school, family and work. In 2014, US News and World Report named CAPA in the Top 20 of Best High Schools in Pennsylvania.

    Acceptance is based upon an off-site application and completion of a successful audition or presentation of an acceptable portfolio. Students may choose intensive artistic instruction in one of eight art forms: dance, instrumental music, literary arts, piano, production technology, theater, visual arts and vocal music. CAPA Audition Materials are available here.
    CAPA 6-12 offers National Honor Society, Ski Club, CAPA Chronicle (Newspaper), Unicorn (Yearbook), Student Council, all-school musical, Master classes, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Amnesty International, intramural sports, African American CAS Council, 6th-8th Grade Athletics (Co-ed Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Basketball), and Junior National Honor Society. Students have won awards from the Carson Scholars Fund, National Scholastic Writing Contest, Gene Kelly Awards, Music in the Parks Festival, National Choral Competition, City Theatre Young Playwrights Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre's Shakespeare Contest, National Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, PMEA, and Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

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        CAPA 6-12, located at 111 9th Street, was built in 2003. The 9 story building a total area of 230,197 square feet.

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