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9-12
Public district
West Palm Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 1,337
 

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501 South Sapodilla Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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(561) 802-6000
(561) 802-6059
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August 07, 2013
Seems to be a great school. Hoping for another good year for all new and returning students.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
My daughter graduated from Dreyfoos last year. She completed her first year at a prestigious Boston college and did excellent! Dreyfoos totally prepared my daughter for a vigorous program of study. She took many AP courses and was active in all the honor societies there. She told me that many of her college friends were having difficulty keeping up with their studies. These kids had gone to private northeast high schools! She loved Dreyfoos and visit whenever shhe's home. My only complaint is that the school lost an exceptional language teacher (through no fault of his) who inspired the students & was loved by all! Michael went on to accept a position at a local prestigious private high school.

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June 01, 2013
Hey everyone! Honestly I cried when I received the letter letting me know i was going to be part of the dreyfoos class of 2016. I went to bak in middle school and loved it so much. When i didn't get into dreyfoos i was devastated. For the past school year I have gone through hell and back. I have a serious white blood cell condition that allows me to contract illness's and miss school constantly. No less than one month in American heritage i was dubbed with having aids. Not because I acted slutty or anything like that. We must wear a uniform and i don't even wear makeup. Im also very shy so i don't talk to many guys in the first place! The entire year I was ignored in fear of "contracting" aids. People would even wipe the handles on the doors so they wouldn't catch my disese. Thankfully I kept all my friends that went to dreyfoos and I will see them again next year. God bless this school for allowing kids to be a bit quirky and accepted. I walked into school to check it out for a day and i was immediately welcomed. Please allow your child to audition here, even if they don't get in the first time.

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2013
I am a parent of two students at Dreyfoos school of the Arts and I have been very happy with the quality of their education. The strings department has been awesome. The entire orchestra is going to New York for spring break and will be playing at Carnegie Hall. Where else would Carnegie Hall be part of the education. Also they have taken over 9 AP classes and I feel they both will be very prepared for college. Many of the students go on to very competitive colleges. I am happy that they are at Dreyfoos

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
I had a pretty poor experience at Dreyfoos. The administration was rude and largely incompetent, it was very difficult to make friends, and the environment was cutthroat and competitive. I was disappointed with my art area because there were too many unmotivated students (which wasn't addressed by the arts teachers at all). I did enjoy the guest speakers, the flexibility with scheduling, some aspects of my art classes, and the opportunities to participate in a lot of clubs and honor societies. However, that didn't make up for the unwelcoming and inefficient nature of the school. I would not recommend it.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2011
I love the way the teachers appeal to the students imagination by assigning projects that broaden their artistic skills while teaching them about history, social studies, etc.

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June 08, 2011
Hi I need a greatschools for my daughters. We life in Dominican Republic but next year we will move to Miami. My daughters love music, dance. I will like to known if we can visit the school next month.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. My daughter also went to Bak and is a visual arts major. She is in ninth grade now and I think the school is exemplary. Unfortunately, we have to move to NJ and she won't get to go to 10-12 here. It breaks my heart to leave. If your daughter or son has a chance to go to this school JUMP ON IT. THE BEST school experience we have ever had.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
hi i'm really interested in going to dreyfoos for there theatre program because i want o be and actress and a director, but i've heard dreyfoos has drama, musical theatre and acting, which one is for monologues and film festivals? somene please help me.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2010
My son try to enter in this school and he could get in, because he needed some more points, but my appreciation, a what I heard from him, is that this is a wonderful school, with incredible opportunities. My little boy will love be there...

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December 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2009
My son came to this school from one of the top private middle schools in the county. This is a great school, particularly for out-of-the-box, creative kids. The campus is open and not built in that post-Colombine prison-lock-down style in which most new Palm Beach high schools are being constructed. Mrs. VanArsdale, the principal, sets a high bar academically along with the arts programs. The band program is a student Grammy winner. The concert and jazz bands and the classical orchestra are the best in Florida. In 2009 the school had a 100% graduation rate, and more than $18 million in scholarships. Students audition for entry and it is very competitive. With budget cutbacks in the Palm Beach School DIstrict, the number of 9th grade entry slots into band dropped to 27 in 2009 from somewhere in the 30s the years before. If your student gets in, they will love it.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
A beautiful school, like nothing i have ever experienced before, this school is like a summer camp, i look forward to coming and have no anxieties when coming here, i feel very very safe, and i have lots of fun.

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2009
I go to Dreyfoos and i am graduating this year. Dreyfoos has opened so many doors of opportunity for me, and has paved the way for me to become the successful individual I now know myself to be. It is so safe, and creates a great safe haven, I would encourage any parent to send their child if they're able.

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2009
I am not afraid when my son goes to school. It is a safe environment with lots of kids who really enjoy attending the school.

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no rating January 26, 2009
i love my school and i am very pround

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2009
This is an amazing school. It gives us students a way to express, build and exploit our artistic talent. All of the teachers understand this and work tirelessly with their students to ensure their success.

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October 25, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2008
What a great educational environment for kids. I have two boys in Dreyfoos. One a senior, and the other a sophmore, both theatre majors. The have both had a positive experience with their teachers and classes. They have learned alot in both academics and life lessons. Some lessons were easier than others...

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September 18, 2008
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July 30, 2008
As a current student entering my Junior year at Dreyfoos as a theater major I am proud to say I am a part of this school. I came in lacking experience and confidence in many areas of my art and have grown immensely in the two years I have already experienced. The core curriculum is solid and I feel that most academic teachers are preparing us for the world to come but the greatest benefits come from the art teachers. After taking many state tests and reading and writing I can enter my theater classes expecting a dose of reality and another challenge. It is a pleasure knowing I have something to look forward to every day of my high school career.

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2008
My youngest child is about to graduate from Dreyfoos and my older graduated a few years ago. Both had wonderful experiences. The school is a safe environment and the art and academic teachers - with very few exceptions - are outstanding! Funding to maintain the school's arts programs continues to be challenge. Know that the school needs your financial and volunteer support to maintain excellence in both the arts and academics.

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April 30, 2008
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March 12, 2008
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January 03, 2008
Dreyfoos is an overall good performing arts high school. The core curriculum is strong, the academic level is reasonably good and the yearly trips are culturally diverse. However, I can not believe they do not have private instructors assigned for each instrument. My daughter is a flute major and we had to find an instructor outside the school for her.

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October 24, 2007
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October 23, 2007
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October 19, 2007
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September 27, 2007
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August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 28, 2007
Dreyfoos is a school that prides itself on the fact that they are an arts school, but their teachers don't know what in G-d's name they are doing. They are creating a box for each student and saying 'you have this much potential'. Dreyfoos is not going to be friendly to the student who was always the lead in the school play, they will purposely make you a stagehand to show that you only have 'this much' potential.

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August 27, 2007
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August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
I graduated from Dreyfoos in 2002. Now I teach at a high school in Orlando. I also went to local high school for one year in Boca. My experiences from the other schools has shown me that Dreyfoos is one in a million. The music program, I played the flute in band and orchestra, was outstanding. We went to Atlanta and Chicago. I also went to Europe in the summer of 2001. I got to play in London, Paris, and Lucerne. I would not have had these opportunites if it weren't for Dreyfoos. The teachers I had there were first rate. If you are considering sending your child to Dreyfoos and they have to ride the Tri-Rail or a bus a long distance to get there, do not let that sway your decision. You will not find that caliber of students and teachers anywhere else.

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June 13, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2005
An excellent school for truly creative kids to get the support they need to excell. Excellent boost academically - really prepares the student for post secondary education.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
The acadmeic program was of the highest quality with a high rate of students taking AP course and others being dual enrolled with the local community college. Many of the students were accepted to Ivy League colleges and the most respected sought after schools of Arts. Of course, the Arts program was equal to none in the SouthEast, offering Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual and Communications Arts with many specialties in those areas. Parent involvement was high and the students were very highly motivated, enthusiatic and very happy!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
Great school, massive art programs (obviously) Very good curricullium.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2004
What an incredible lifelong learning experience the art schools in this area have afforded our students! We are truly blessed to be a part of the DSOA family. My daughter will graduate this year and I am going to miss being involved with her activities; chaperoning, attending concerts and talking with faculty members. The people at DSOA (teachers, parents and students) really 'know' each other, some as long as ten years or more. I am re-thinking my current role in as much as continuing to volunteer DSOA after my daughter goes off to college. I believe we have all grown, not just the students, but parents as well. We will sorely miss everyone!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2003
This school has been the greatest experience in my son's school life, having transferred here in here in his junior year, mid semester. We came from a great Texas school district, then to another school within Palm Beach county the 1st semester, which was a nightmare! Not only is the art education outstanding at Dreyfoos, but the core education is outstanding as well. The teachers and faculty truly care for the students and it shows. And one of the most important aspects of the school to me, is the kids are trusted and respected, which other schools no longer do. The kids have to give it back or face consequences, and ultimately they do, proving, given a chance, most kids WILL respond to these important elements of life. Thank you for giving my son such an outstanding education and life experience!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
As an alum from Dreyfoos I have to give only high praise. It is an excellent school compared to others in the district and the state. The opportunities are a wealth and a commodity that are rare at a public school. Dreyfoos offers a premiere education in the five areas of the arts as well as a great liberal arts core. Any student who attends should definitely recognize the institution and the quality that it upholds.

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August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2003
My child is in this school for Drama and having the best time of her life. This school will diffently get my child ready for college. I recommend this school to anyone who is serious about learning.

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Alexander W Dreyfoos Junior School Of The Arts
501 South Sapodilla Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL  33401
(561) 802-6000
Last modified Alexander W Dreyfoos Junior School Of The Arts is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alexander W Dreyfoos Junior School Of The Arts Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top