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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Pittsburgh CAPA in State’s Top 10

U.S. News & World Report on Monday released its 2021 list of the best high schools in Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh CAPA made the top 10.

Schools were ranked based on how well they prepare students for college, student performance on state reading and math assessments and graduation rates.

Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 in the Pittsburgh Public Schools ranked No. 8.



CAPA 6-12, ranked as the No. 415 high school in the country, had a 98% graduation rate, with 94% of students proficient in reading and 74% proficient in math. At CAPA, 81% of students took at least one AP exam, and 52% passed at least one AP exam. 

Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, U.S. News & World Report ranks 2 Allegheny County high schools in state’s top 10

More about Pittsburgh CAPA

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. 

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.