SCAPA at Bluegrass

School for the Creative and Performing Arts

400 Lafayette Parkway • Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 381-3332 • Fax: (859) 381-3334

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School hours: 8:25 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

SCAPA at Bluegrass was established in 1987 to provide students in grades 4-8 an opportunity enhance their abilities in the fine arts in a setting that emphasizes the arts while providing a solid academic foundation. Students who are accepted into the program have a special talent or interest in the arts and receive instruction in visual arts, band, strings, voice, piano, ballet, contemporary dance, drama and creative writing in addition to the state's core academic curriculum. Learning is also enhanced by participation in performances throughout the year, as well as field trips and opportunities to meet fellow artists.

Eligibility requires a minimum of three pieces of supporting documentation. Students who have a complete application file (application, at least one recommendation and the parent questionnaire) are scheduled for an audition in the arts area of their choosing. Placements are then made according to space availability at the school and rank order by audition results in each arts area.

FCPS online application -- The window typically is Aug. 15 to Oct. 7 for the following school year. It's not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during the window, and all receive equal consideration.

What makes our school special

Anyone who has ever known a true artist knows that it takes a special place to make them feel welcome and blossom. Our staff is specially trained to work with students who are gifted and talented in the fine arts, and students often say they feel like they have found a home here at SCAPA.

Not only is SCAPA a high-performing middle school in Kentucky as measured by state academic assessments, our students are legendary for their prominence in state speech tournaments, state band, chorus and orchestra competitions and state drama, writing, piano, and dance showcases.

Our school is able to nurture students in the fine arts while also challenging them academically and meeting their social and emotional needs.

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