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Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6–12
Believe. Work to Achieve. Succeed!
111 Ninth Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222Coordinates: 40°26′41″N 79°59′55″W / 40.444860°N 79.998564°W / 40.444860; -79.998564

United States
Type Public - Magnet
Established September 1979
School district Pittsburgh Public Schools
Principal Ms. Melissa Pearlman
Grades 6–12
Enrollment 872 as of 22-October-2009[1]
Color(s) black and white, Also red, yellow, white and blue written out in CAPA's symbol
Athletics none
Mascot Unicorn
Representative Mark Brentley, Sr.

Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6–12 (CAPA) is a magnet school located in the Cultural District of Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. CAPA is one of four 6th to 12th grade schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

CAPA offers students six art majors: visual arts, literary arts, theater, instrumental music, vocal music, and dance. The theater major includes traditional theater, musical theater, technical theater, and costume design. Arts classes are taught by adjunct faculty who are working professionals in their respective fields.

Admission is by portfolio or audition. It also offers a complete range of academic studies including Pittsburgh Scholars Program (PSP) and Centers for Advanced Study (CAS), along with activities like the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, yearbook, newspaper, student council, Amnesty International, Model United Nations, Science Olympiad, and ski club.

CAPA opened in September 1979 with just 35 students and it was housed in Baxter Elementary School in the Homewood neighborhood. The school moved into its current space at Ninth Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard at the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year.

The 8-story, 175,000-square-foot (16,300 m2) building is a world-class facility that includes a 400-seat auditorium, a black box theatre, an art gallery, media arts center, television studio, fitness center, computer labs, and special rehearsal spaces for all the departments. This new location allows students to study their crafts in the hub of Pittsburgh's cultural center and to easily collaborate with working artists from across the city, region, state, and country. Pittsburgh CAPA has just became one of four 6-12 schools in Pittsburgh collaborating with CAPA 6-8.




Literary arts

Mission Statement: The literary arts program at CAPA is a four year, intensive course of study in creative writing—one of only a dozen nationwide. Students participate in many activities including the national Poetry Out Loud competition, and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. [2]

Visual arts

Students in the Visual Arts Department learn the fundamentals of painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital media, art history, and fiber arts. Student work is regularly displayed around the school as well as on the Astrovision (Jumbo-Tron) which can be seen outside the building and in the lunch hall.[3]


Mission Statement: Emphasis is placed on the theory and practice of refining and enhancing dance technique, understanding and applying corrections and stimulating creativity within each student.[4]


Straight Theatre/Musical Theatre/Costume/Technical Theatre

The theatre department provides a 4 year structured course in various forms of Musical and straight theatre. Every year the musical theatre students perform in 2 recitals and the All School Musical along with many other opportunities through the year.

Instrumental music

Classes available to instrumental music majors include orchestra, wind ensemble, string orchestra, chamber music ensembles, various jazz bands, music/jazz theory, music history, piano lab. Each student receives a weekly private lesson with a faculty member specializing on his/her instrument.

Vocal Music

The Voice Department offers students unique and rewarding educational experiences through its sequential four-year curriculum, through collaborative with professional music organizations, and through a variety of performance opportunities and Master Classes. Students in grades 10-12 receive a weekly private voice lesson. Students will perform in large and small ensemble. Students are also required to participate in the Opera Workshop class and perform in the yearly Opera. Other classes include: music theory, piano lab, music history, solfeggio, eurhythmics, and the creative music technology class.


Although the high school has no official sports the 6-8 students do have sports teams. They have a boys and girls soccer, and basketball. They have girls softball and boys Baseball. The girls soccer team was an undefeated section champion in 2004. Their main rivalry is against Pittsburgh Frick 6–8 Middle School. The CAPA 6-8 sports teams mascot is undecided.


  1. ^ "Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12". PPS Web Site. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Literary arts mission statement". CAPA Website. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Visual Arts Department". CAPA Web Site. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Dance Home". CAPA Web Site. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 

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