School Details

Central Visual/Perf. Arts High School

3125 South Kingshwy Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 771-2772

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 522 students 13 students/teacher (MO avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2011-2012 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • St. Louis City School District average
  • Missouri state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central Visual/Perf. Arts High School is a public high school in Saint Louis. The principal of Central Visual/Perf. Arts High School is Dr. Amy Phillips, who can be contacted at Amy.Phillips@Slps.Org. 522 children attend Central Visual/Perf. Arts High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 77% of the 522 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Central Visual/Perf. Arts High School is 13:1. Gateway High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Cross country
  • Martial arts self defense
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 72% 81%
Hispanic 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 22% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I am alumni class of 1979 I was there the day they opened the doors to VAP as it was not called cvpa at that time. I enjoyed every moment there. Mr. Wilde Principal and Mr. Overby vice-principal were true leaders in our school. They were there for most every event held including PTO. Ms. McGahn Ms. Brennan Mr. Toretta and the list goes on were all great teachers. I will cherish my days there forever.

  • (4 years ago)

    I graduate 2010. I transfer to central my sophomore year from a private school. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! The academic is horrible students behavior is horrible and the teachers are awful. For a school that is base on art the art department even sucked. Most of my classmates had no artistic talents. Some of my friends said that you had to audition to get in but I didn't have to. I just applied. My brother did to and he doesn't take any art classes. Most are there because they didn't want to go to Roosevelt high. Most of the students at Central don't want to learn so they tend to disrupt the class and every two weeks or so there's a fight. And the most annoying thing is that somebody always pulls the fire alarm as a joke and it's on for most of the class period. It's just an awful environment to learn in. Central puts you in a lazy state of mind. Classes are so easy you don't have to attend to pass and most kids I knew didn't and still pass with a 3.0 GPA. Central does offer AP classes which are harder but there's a very limited amount of AP classes.

  • (4 years ago)

    Central VPA is a wonderful school. The school from day one listens and prepares the student for their goals and desire once they graduate. Their goal is to help the students achieve their life goal. The principal and staff are very approachable. I like the fact I can also sign in on line and see the assignments my child has and review her grades on a weekly basis. The classroom sizes are wonderful! I do wish we had more parent involvment.

  • (5 years ago)

    Central was in desperate need of professional leadership. The new principal Amy Phillips has completely overhauled everything from discipline to attendance to academics. Expectations are high and students have risen to the occasion. Amy Phillips has a fantastic rapport with both students and staff and is truely treasured by parents who were overwhelmingly longing for this change. A+! Check it out!

  • (5 years ago)

    i am a student at CVPA and since Amy phillips has become the new princapal the school has really shaped up. No one hardly skips anymore they have people tracking attendance and the arts programs are really excelling. I would not recomend the school for academics....

  • (5 years ago)

    Central has helped open my grandson`s eyes to many talents he had not realized he had.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from cvpa a few years ago and i loved the school unfortunately after my first 2 years my art majors ceramics and metalsmithing which i was flourishing in and considered to be my future careers and college majors were dropped due to teachers leaving and were not picked up again due to insufficient funds i believe i agree with the comment below me about not believing the head principle to be as good as hes made out to be but i will rave about Mr.Anthony who was an amazing vice principle and could have run that school amazing he addresses issues to help students and was always really well respected. If your student prospers in dance or photography this is the school for them they will succeed and its in a good neighborhood now which is a reat plus!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school for talented students. Most of the teachers and staff are musicians and artists themselves.

  • (7 years ago)

    Central Visual and Performing Arts High School is the best choice to become successful in life. The academics are great if you want to learn and the arts are wonderful.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our child attended CVPA for 1 1/2 years. The teachers are wonderful yet lack administrative support from the head principal. Lack of support resulted in disruptive behavior in and out of the classroom. When visiting the school on different occasions over the last 1 1/2 years the head principal was only in attendance once. He did not attend Parent/Teacher Association meetings either when we were present. The assistant principles were the ones who worked.

  • (8 years ago)

    Central Visual and Performing Arts High School is the best school of the Arts in the Midwest. I am an Alumni of this school so I would know. Students can learn alot education and goal wise if they put their best foot forward and there is plenty of opportunity for greatness as long as we the parents do not limit our children. Overlook the minor flaws of some of the teachers. My daughter is a dance major she loves it. She also minors in Glee Club. It is my belief that she will go far in these areas. The programs at this school are excellent but choose wisely according to your interests or abilities. Parent involvement is a must and rewarding. I give my child the boosts that she needs to suceed. CVPA is all about what you make it. Highly Recommended!

  • (8 years ago)

    Central VPA has been 4 years of fantastic! The classes are relatively small most teachers care and the kids are talented gifted and to say the least unique! Besides a talent for photography my child has developed a love of writing literature & history! Her ACT scores are above average and she has been accepted into the college of her choice! Not all kids are cut out for a visual & performing arts school for us is was a great fit.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think it is not a good environment for my child or any child that has goals of becoming successful in life.

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