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Frequently Asked Questions

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Does MSSPA have a diverse student body?
What is a typical class size?
Does MSSPA charge tuition?
When can a student enroll at MSSPA?
Do Hopkins students get preference for enrollment?
Are students required to audition to get into the school?
Does MSSPA provide Special Education services?
Whay type of technology does MSSPA have?
Are world languages offered at MSSPA?
Does MSSPA have sports?
Does MSSPA have extra curricular activities?
Does MSSPA have a lunch program?
What are the academic classes like at MSSPA?
What are arts classes like at MSSPA?
Will students be able to meet state graduation requirements if they attend MSSPA?
Does an MSSPA student need to open enroll in HSD?

Does MSSPA have a diverse student body?

One of the core values of the Main Street School of Performing Arts is the acknowledgment of diverse perspectives. To this end, the Main Street School of Performing Arts cultivates an inclusive environment that accommodates the academic and artistic needs of a diverse student population. Our student population is approximately 18% racially and ethnically diverse, with 34% male students and 66% female students.

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What is a typical class size?

The average class size is 22 students per class.

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Does MSSPA charge tuition?

No. The Main Street School of Performing Arts is a free, public, charter school open to any student that chooses to attend who resides in the state of Minnesota. We will, however, expect parents to participate in fund-raising activities. Certain non-required programs may be fee-based.

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When can a student enroll at MSSPA?

If a student is interested in attending this current year, they should fill out the enrollment form as soon as they can by clicking here. We accept students for the current year in the first three weeks of each quarter.

Students can begin submitting enrollment materials at any time for the next school year enrollment. We will continue accepting enrollment materials however if we reach capacity, a lottery will be held. We encourage students to get enrollment materials in by the end of March. Enrollment information is available by clicking here.

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Do Hopkins students get preference for enrollment?

No. The Main Street School of Performing Arts seeks to provide all interested students with the opportunity to receive an education built upon high academic standards and express their talents in dance, music, and theatre in a community centered in the arts. Students who submit a timely application shall be enrolled unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, grade level, building, or class. Enrollment is determined via lottery should capacity be exceeded.

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Are students required to audition to get into the school?

No. The Main Street School of Performing Arts is a free, public, charter school open to any student that chooses to attend who resides in the state of Minnesota. We will, however, expect parents to participate in fund-raising activities. Certain non-required programs may be fee-based.

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Does MSSPA provide Special Education services?

Yes. We employ a full special education staff to case manage IEP’ s. If you have specific Special Education questions please contact Lesley Ernst our Director of Special Education at 952-224-1371 or e-mail.

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What type of technology does MSSPA have?

MSSPA has an iMac lab with internet access, and a mobile PC laptop lab for student classroom use.

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Are world languages offered at MSSPA?

Yes, we offer classes in Spanish, levels 1 through 4.

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Does MSSPA have sports?

Students are encouraged to enhance their fitness by participating in movement classes. Competitive athletics are available directly through the Main Street School of Performing Arts. Students can check with their home district regarding participation in competitive athletics.

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Does MSSPA have extra curricular activities?

The Main Street School has an optional enrichment block for students (Block 5). Extra curricular activities and arts enrichment activities are available during Block 5. These change throughout the year and are based on student participation and interests. MSSPA also has " No Shame" a monthly school-sponsored “ open mic” that give students an opportunity to showcase their own work in an public setting.

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Does MSSPA have a lunch program?

Yes. We contract through Royal Cuisine for lunch services. There is a hot lunch, sandwich and salad option, all meeting the state nutrition requirements and many locally grow ingredients prepared daily.

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What are the academic classes like at MSSPA?

Main Street School of Performing Arts is based upon rigorous academic standards. Students at our school exceed state academic requirements in all academic subject areas. We also offer additional courses that are not required by the state of Minnesota. Students are also able to take Advanced Placement courses in many different areas.

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What are arts classes like at MSSPA?

The arts curriculum focuses on the Theory and Creation. Courses of study are designed to specifically enhance students' ability to create their own work with a strong basis in the history and application of the core elements of each discipline. Students are required to fill at least one block with an arts course such as playwriting, acting, modern dance theory, modern, jazz, ballet technique, music theory, music history, or music ensembles.

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Will students be able to meet state graduation requirements if they attend MSSPA?

Yes. Students exceed the state requirements to graduate while attending the Main Street School. Students graduate from the Main Street School of Performing Arts with approximately 56 credits.

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Does an MSSPA student need to open enroll in HSD?

No, students enrolling in MSSPA sign up directly with the charter school. MSSPA is an independent school unto itself. Students from any MN district may enroll.

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MSSPA Presents: Our Upcoming Productions

All shows start at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Students (unless noted)
& can be purchased at the door.

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Download Performance Calendar

NO SHAME
9/26, 12/5, 1/13, 4/24
Eisenhower Community Cener
1001 Minnesota 7
Hopkins, MN / Map

NO SHAME
5/22
MSSPA
1320 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN / Map

Vocal Music Concerts
10/28 & 3/20
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
715 Minnetonka Mills Rd.
Hopkins, MN / Map

Ensemble
Instrumental Music Offerings
10/27 & TBD - Late March
Icehouse
2528 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN / Map

The 3 Musketeers
11/6 - 11/8
Music Box Theatre
1407 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN / Map
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Fall Dance Concert
11/13 - 11/15
Music Box Theatre
1407 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN / Map

Main Street Masterwork
12/16
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
715 Minnetonka Mills Rd.
Hopkins, MN / Map

The Wedding Singer
2/19 - 2/21 & 2/27
Illusion Theatre
528 Hennepin Avenue #704
Minneapolis, MN / Map

Noises Off
4/30 - 5/2
Music Box Theatre
1407 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN / Map

Spring Dance Concert
5/14 - 5/16
Music Box Theatre
1407 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN / Map

Tutti
Spring Music Concerts
5/19
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
715 Minnetonka Mills Rd.
Hopkins, MN / Map

Senior Creation Showcase
5/27-5/28
Music Box Theatre
1407 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN / Map