The Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts(SLSPA) is a public charter high school for students who are passionate about the performing arts – Music, Dance and Theatre. The school opened Fall 2006 and was located on the campus of Highland High School. Having outgrown the wing of HHS they were occupying, they were moved to the former Rosslyn Heights Elementary where they retro-fitted the entire school into a fabulous space for the performing arts. SLSPA students currently attend their academic core classes at Highland High School and their performing arts-related classes at the SLSPA campus which is just three blocks from Highland High. Students are busses back and forth each period from one school to another to accommodate all 300+ individual schedules.
To attend SLSPA, there are no tryouts, no auditions and no tuition! The final student body is selected through open enrollment and lottery. Please explore our website for more information about our exciting school.
Frequently Asked Questions
What grades does SLSPA serve?
Is there a lottery?
Not at this time. When our admissions reach 400, a lottery will be initiated. We expect the cap of 400 to be reached in the summer of 2017 - so if you want to ensure your enrollment, the sooner the better.
Are students required to pay tuition to attend SLSPA?
NO. SLSPA is a Charter school sponsored by Salt Lake City School District, operating as a PUBLIC school, allowing all students to attend without tuition. Only normal high school and typical course fees apply.
What is a charter school?
A Charter School is a non-traditional public school founded by community members, usually parents, but primarily funded through state and federal public school resources that has a unique mission or focus. Although SLSPA is a Public Charter School sponsored by the Salt Lake City School District, SLSPA is not governed by Salt Lake City School District, it has it's own Board of Trustees.
How does SLSPA’s class and instruction offerings differ from a regular high school?
Students are in smaller classes at SLSPA which provide more one-on-one instruction time for each student. Curriculum is rigorous and expectations of student performance in both academics and the performing arts are high. Teachers are highly qualified professionals in their respected fields with a strong desire to pass on the love of concentrated hard work and excellence. Instruction received by students provides them with the education needed to either go straight into the performing arts industry or secure placement at highly-reputable colleges and universities. Most of the teachers and staff at SLSPA, in addition to being highly qualified teachers, are current or former working/performing professionals in their respective fields and frequently bring in other reputable professionals to provide workshops and "masters classes" to enhance the learning opportunities for their students.
Does a prospective student need to live in the boundaries of the Salt Lake School District?
No. SLSPA accepts students from all over Utah. Currently we have students coming from as far as Weber, Summit, Tooele, and Utah Counties.
Where is SLSPA located?
The SLSPA Campus is located at 2291 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, Utah- a mere 3 minutes via the SLSPA shuttle from Highland High School. Highland High School is located at 2166 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Students are transported to and from the two schools. The SLSPA bell rings approximately two minutes earlier in order to accommodate travel time.
Do students have to attend classes at SLSPA and Highland High School?
Yes. Core academic classes (English, Math, Science, etc.) are taught at Highland and performing arts classes take place at SLSPA.
Can they attend other schools besides Highland for their core classes?
No. And yes. Graduation credit is accepted from several accredited and/or online sources and Highland High School. Please talk to our Counselor for more information.
Do students need to maintain a certain GPA to be in the school?
SLSPA strives for academic as well as performing arts excellence. Student grades are regularly monitored and, when needed, assistance is provided. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative SLSPA/HHS G.P.A. or higher and have excellent school attendance at SLSPA/HHS in order to participate in school productions and extracurricular activities.
How do I enroll?
SLSPA has open admissions at this time. Please see our "Admissions" pull-down menu and print the necessary forms for enrollment and secure your place for this coming year. Follow this link to complete the Initial Application
Does SLSPA provide bus transportation for all of its students?
Due to the great distances that SLSPA students sometimes travel, SLSPA does not provide direct transportation to and from students' homes. However, we do provide bus/shuttle transportation to and from Highland High School where students within the Highland High School boundaries can ride the SLCSD school busses. We also provide shuttle connector service before and after school to and from the TRAX and FrontRunner stations at 2100 S and downtown respectively each day. UTA bus routes stop at both Highland High School and 2000 E (each within 2-3 blocks of SLSPA). Additionally, many students and parents carpool from some outlying areas or drive themselves to school. UTA currently does not offer a discounted transportation pass for SLSPA students at this time, but that may be a possibility in the future.
Can I know the qualifications of my student's teacher?
Yes, parents have the right to request and receive the qualifications of each of their student's teachers. To find out about the teacher's qualifications, the parent can look at the bio section of the website or contact the school's principal at 801-466-6700.