We are excited to announce that we are now accepting Center for Performing and Fine Arts applications for the 2019-2020 school year! Although our Center for Performing and Fine Arts program has reached full capacity for the current 2018-2019 school year, it is not too early to begin exploring your options for next school year and see if PALCS or CPFA is a good fit for you and your family.
The Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) is a cyber-blended pre-professional arts program for students in grades 6-12 enrolled in PALCS. CPFA opened its doors in the fall of 2005, and has over 200 middle and high school students today. As a highly competitive program for students interested in theater, music, dance, and fine arts, an additional application and audition is required for acceptance to the program.
Our center is located in West Chester, PA, and students participate in the program two days per week. PALCS students who are unable to attend due to the distance are welcome to apply for a remote access version of the program, with digital studio classes offered in multiple disciplines.
Middle school students attend on Mondays and Wednesdays, while high school students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are generally offered from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm, with occasional evening or weekend hours for performances, multimedia presentations, and interactive sessions. Classes generally range from 60 to 90 minutes, allowing students to take at least four classes a day.
Throughout the school year, the Center for Performing and Fine Arts produces five main stage theatre productions, three main art exhibits, six music concerts, a dance showcase, and an annual dance concert. In addition, CPFA hosts several smaller acting showcases and mini performances, as well as a Friday Night Cafe for the public, an homage to coffee houses and open mike nights, to showcase works in progress: music compositions, garage bands, song performances, comedy routines, and more.
CPFA is the first of our PALCS programs to begin accepting applications for next year, and both currently enrolled and prospective families are welcome to apply. Families interested in applying to CPFA may begin by reading the detailed information on the Apply to CPFA page and completing a Student Profile. After the student profile is complete, students will be invited to tour the Center and meet with key faculty. If CPFA seems like the right fit, students may begin the audition process.
For families not yet enrolled in PALCS, you may wish to complete an Application of Intent to be notified when the general ’19-’20 PALCS application is available this winter. Applications for other programs, such as the University Scholars program, will be available in the new year. PALCS continues to remain open for all students K-11 for the current school year. For more information, visit our enrollment page.