Our center is located in West Chester, PA and students attend for two of the five school days per week. Middle school students in grades 6 – 8 attend on Mondays and Wednesdays, high school students in grades 9 – 12 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.
Individual classes generally range 60 to 90 minutes, allowing students to take at least four classes a day. All courses are graded, typically last for a full school year, and become part of the student’s transcript.
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.
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.
Periodically throughout the year, CPFA hosts 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 also hosts a series of Dinner and a Movie nights with classic films from the 20th and 21st century, accompanied by homemade dinners and a mini lecture.