Regional Center for the Arts
The Regional Center for the Arts is a part-time public inter-district magnet high school for Fairfield County students interested in the performing arts. Currently, 245 high school students in grades 9-12 attend. Programs include Creative Video, Dance, Music, Musical Theater, and Theater. RCA’s student body reflects racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the Greater Bridgeport Region. Students who feel a passion for performance with or without professional training are welcome to apply to the program. Students attend Staples in the morning and the Regional Center for the Arts in the afternoon from 1:30-4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Transportation is provided by the school district.
Based on 450 instructional hours from September to June, Staples students attending RCA are eligible to earn 3.0 credits per school year, which count toward their Staples graduation requirements. Credits are listed on the Staples transcript along with the letter grade assigned by RCA. The grade will be factored into the grade point average as an elective course (no level weight).