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High School for Recording Arts

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Type  Public Charter school
Grades  9-12
Campus  Urban
Phone  +1 651-287-0890
Number of students  200
Established  1996
Enrollment  200
Founded  1996
High School for Recording Arts
Address  1166 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104, USA
District  High School For Recording Arts
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High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) is a public charter high school located in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. The school pioneered the concept of connecting with at-risk students through a hip-hop music program, hence the nickname "Hip-Hop High." There are no tuition fees.


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The school opened in 1996 as a pilot program for at-risk students with interest in a music career. It is located in a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) former factory and operates within and around two professional recording studios, providing students opportunities for individualized hands-on learning.


The school's academic structure combines daily mandatory courses in Language Arts and Mathematics with innovative, interdisciplinary courses and projects that connect traditional academics with dynamic, real-world learning. HSRA features both project-based learning and classroom learning. A personal learning plan is developed for each student. HSRA graduates must meet all state requirements for graduation, create and present a portfolio comprising summaries of learning in twelve core areas, prepare a college acceptance letter, document their post-school plans, and submit samples of their work.


  • Gender: 59% male, 41% female
  • Average age at enrollment: 17 years
  • Income: 92% of students live at or below the poverty level. 92% of students qualify for free or reduced fee lunches. 30% of students are currently or have recently been homeless.
  • Ethnicity: 86% Black, 6% Caucasian, 4% Hispanic, 4% American Indian, 0.3% Asian.
  • Geographic Reach: 29% from Minneapolis, 52% from St. Paul, 19% from other Minnesota Cities including Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and Maplewood.
  • Notable alumni and former students

  • Chrishan The Prince, singer-songwriter/producer signed to Warner/Chappell Music
  • Mr. Music (Ethan Horace), Entertainment Manager/Radio Personality
  • Deborah "Chantel" Winn (SongBird), R&B singer-songwriter
  • Kiesha Dobie (Kiesha Dobie), Model/Songwriter/Radio Personality/Spoken Word Poet
  • References

    High School for Recording Arts Wikipedia

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