Shadow Visits – Vine Street Campus


In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia County, and out of an abundance of caution, Shadow Visits have been canceled Tuesday, January 4th – Friday, January 10th.

Shadow Visits will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, January 18th.

Thank you for your interest in Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School!

Shadow visits are open to prospective students in grades 6-9 who are interested experiencing a major ONLY in the School of Performing Arts.

These visits will be held at our Vine Street Campus ONLY

School of Performing Arts Majors open to shadow:

Vocal Music

Concert Band

String Orchestra

Contemporary Dance

Classical Ballet

Television & Broadcast Arts (not offered to 6th grade students)



To register your student for a Shadow Visit, please click HERE.


Shadow Visit Location & Contact Information:

Philadelphia Performing Arts: Vine Street Campus

address: 1600 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

phone number: (215) 334-4222


Shadow Visit Details:

  • You must register using the link above in order to attend a Shadow Visit.
  • Students may register and attend only one (1) Shadow Visit.  
  • During the Shadow Visit, students will participate in the Major Class they are shadowing.
  • Please register for the grade your child is applying for (2022-2023 school year) and the Major your child is most interested in.
  • Each Major Class is 90 minutes long. 
  • Please make sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit.
  • If attending a Concert Band or String Orchestra Shadow Visit, students are required to bring their instrument to the visit if available/feasible.
  • If attending a Contemporary Dance or Classical Ballet Shadow Visit, students are required to take the class in dance clothes.  There will be a space they can change at the school. 
    • Ballet clothes: leotard, tights, and ballet slippers
    • Contemporary clothes: leotard, footless tights or leggings
  • Students who attend a Shadow Visit will receive a letter from our School Leader that can excuse the student’s absence from their current school.


Purpose of Shadow Visits

  • Attending a Shadow Visit does not guarantee an acceptance in our Lottery.
  • The purpose of attending a Shadow Visit is for the student to learn about the Major they are most interested in and to get a sense of our unique arts curriculum.
  • If accepted in the Lottery, students and their families will have the opportunity to attend a New Student Orientation to learn more about the school.



  • Parents/Guardians may wait in the 1st Floor Cafe to receive more information about the school while children are participating in the Shadow Visit.


Health & Safety

  • Masks are required to be worn by all attendees while in the school building.
  • Students or Parents/Guardians experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who are feeling ill should NOT attend.  
  • Students or Parents/Guardians exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 recently should NOT attend.  
  • Students or Parents/Guardians waiting for COVID-19 test results should NOT attend.