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9-12 & Ungraded
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Lakehurst, NJ
Students enrolled: 199

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Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Lakehurst, NJ 08733

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(732) 457-4000
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October 17, 2013
This is an AMAZING school with an advanced curriculum and excellent teaching staff! I have never met so many teachers who love and enjoy their jobs as much as this school. My son is currently a 10th grade acting major at PAA and has THRIVED here, personally, educationally and artistically. The review that said 9th graders at the school do nothing and don't have an opportunity to act is absolutely WRONG! 9th graders are encouraged to try out for both acting shows each year and there are opportunities to try out for student directed shows, as well. As a 9th grader, my son was cast in both shows and 2 student directed performances. They are constantly performing and working on monologues in class, including and most importantly, the Freshman Showcase, where EVERY students performs on stage. The other majors - vocal and dance also have similar opportunities. There are also many after-school clubs that they can join, including the Black Box Players and International Thespian Society. You cannot blame the school if your child does not become involved and take advantage of all the wonderful program offerings and extra curricular activities available to them.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2011
I am a current PAA student, and I must say that this school has completely changed my life. At my home school, I was one of the kids who were bullied constantly. But at PAA, there is a strict zero-tolerance policy for bullying and the people there are so nice. The entire school is like a giant family. I have made so many friends at PAA that I cannot imagine my life without, and I feel that this school has helped me improve as a performer in many ways.

- submitted by a student

January 26, 2010
I think this is a terrific school academically. My daughter said she learned more from her social studies class here than she did her entire school experience. The arts could be a bit more selective. Some of the kids are way beyond experienced and others should not have made it. However, overall, I am very satisfied. My daughter loves school and before this, she hated it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 28, 2009
Unfortunately, this is more of a charter school with an emphasys on the performing arts. My daughter is a freshman and it is almost the end of the year, The last time she actually performed here was her audition. She is an accomplished singer and has had the lead role in many musicals. Unfortunatley, the freshman at this school do NOTHING. They have no shot at getting roles int he limited amount of productions they have. This is NOT a performing arts school as you would think.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2008
As a parent, I am very fortunate to send my daughter to this high school every day. The dedication of the teachers and staff is second to no other high school. Almost every student has a B average, the performance classses are intense, there is no drug problem, most kids are too busy with school activities to get into trouble. Because the school is small, it is like a family and the friendships they make here will be lasting. The ratio of male to female students could be higher. The number of male students continues to grow with each years enrollment. The school is relatively new .

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2008
I was a little reluctant in the beginning about sending my daughter to this school. I wasn't sure that the academics would meet my expectations as a parent. Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong. My daughter is learning so much and the way it should be taught, relating to everyday life. The kids are the best around, very respectable towards each other and the parents. The PTSO is very welcoming also. The staff is like an extended family to the children. I have never seen so many staff members and teachers drive on a Saturday from other counties to see the school play. Every teacher was there helping or watching. My only worry is how can I repay PAA and the OCVTS Board of Ed for giving my child this once in a lifetime opportunity. The children at MATES and PAA are so fortunate to have this opportunity.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2008
This school is very unorganized and the lack of communication is ridiculous. As far as the academics go, they fall far below standards. Even thoguh the emphasis should be on the performing arts, the academics should not be that greatly ignored. There is a handful of wonderful caring teachers, but I cannot say the same for the administration. This school falls below expectations.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
December 09, 2007
I currently attend the performing arts academy and I cannot stress just how much it has helped me to improve in many different ways. Not only am I getting a better understanding for music theory and history, but I am also passing all of my acdemic classes with A's. I have to admit, this school is very challenging, sometimes even hard to keep up with. I myself had to learn that the hard way, however the staff did not give up on me. They give you help, no questions asked. Never before in my life have I gotten as good of grades as I am getting now. I owe my life to this school, it has taught me so much.

- submitted by a student

November 26, 2007
Hey! I am a former student of PAA. My Freshman year was a disaster! I came in as a Music major where I learned nothing! I was planning on leaving until I decided to give PAA another chance.. My 1st day back Sophomore year... I find out that we were basically given the best music teacher in the world, Miss Huhmann. Things in the performing area were fantastic and I was majorly influence by miss Huhmann to become a music teacher. The academics! Oh dear! Never changed! I only learned from Mrs. O'rourke... Rolston, and Amazing Lyons Meyer! But that's it! So much is unorganized and I really struggled to keep my grades up. I feel this need to be worked out so that Students can handle the long classes without so much fluster. I got through a lot with repeating ' How bad do you want this!?' it works. Good luck everyone!

- submitted by a student

November 07, 2007
I can't say enough about this school it is the best school for me! I think this is the best school ever. it teaches you so much in acting, singing, and danceing!

- submitted by a student

July 27, 2007
As a parent, I can not say enough good things about this school. I feel my daughter gets a first rate education as well as a wonderful dance program. She has been taking dance lessons since she was three and after one week at this school, she told me she had learned more. The curriculum is hard for her but she works hard and has much staff support. There is lots of encouragement from teachers who really care.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2007
I was a former student at PAA and I was unsatisfied with the way the Performing Arts Academy portrayed their daily routines, academics, grading, and teachers. Open house gave me and many other students the impression that we would have an amazing learning experience in the arts, but this learning experience would not disrupt the academic portion of high school. I arrived for freshman year hoping to learn all I could but was disappointed when the teachers seemed to know little about their subject besides what they had acted out years ago in a musical or play. Although I was planning on attending college for the arts, I was also equally planning on learning academically. When I returned to my town high school this year I was behind in everything, never having learned it correctly or at all. I was very disappointed.

- submitted by a student

April 02, 2007
The Performing Arts Academy is a fantastic environment. The academics are at the top of their game, and will continue to grow as the school progresses. It does have its flaws, just as any other school system does. However, the skills that the students learn are absolutely invaluable if they want to pursue a career in the performing arts. This is the only environment in which the student will recieve college-level arts education in any given major, and the relationship between students and teachers is unbelievable. The student will have to learn responsibility and time management, for the attendance rules are strict and they will have to keep up their grades, all while managing rehearsal schedules. This type of education in a free public setting is very rare, so it would be wise for a student who serious about his/her future to take advantage.

- submitted by a student

May 13, 2006
I am currently a student at PAA. Here we are a close, loving family. Everyone makes you feel like you can be the best and everyone is there for you. The academics and performance classes are all great. Not only do you learn about your major you also minor in other classes. We also do backstage work such as stage managing, light techs, audio recording and more. This is a great place to find what you want to do in the performance field. The teachers are always available to talk, and they support you in all you do. Its a professional yet fun learning environment.. I would never leave this school, because it has already, my first year, taught me that i can do so many things that I didn't knwo I was capable of. I love this schooL!

- submitted by a student

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Performing Arts Academy
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Lakehurst, NJ  08733
(732) 457-4000
Last modified Performing Arts Academy is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Performing Arts Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top