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Professional Performing Arts High School

Public | 6-12 | 504 students

 

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Posted November 29, 2013

Regardless of the family like environment, if your child is already acting in tv/film/print on a regular basis, the school is not equipped to coordinate combining the school work and career. Child has to make a short term choice of priorities and must be mature enough to tell the teachers what he/she needs while informing the parent of the day to day academic requirements. Also the annual math test scores were dismal and caused concern as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2011

PPAS is a school that creates new artists. They support you in everything that you do and they make you grow not only as an artist but as a person. I highly recommend PPAS as an attending student


Posted October 17, 2009

The best art school in the Big Apple
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

It' such a great school we have celebrities like Alicia Keys, Britney Spears who are alumni. A lot of the kids in our school are working professionals and the balance of academics and performing arts is amazing!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2009

I LOVE my school (PPAS) because it is a comfortable environment to learn in. Everyone is extremely friendly. The teachers are really nice and they make learning easy, and the PA programs are everything and more than i expected it to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

PPAS is a school that I very much like and helps me feel better knowing that my child is in a safe ewnvironment and is getting a great education at PPAS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

PPAS is the best school i know! anyone thats an art major should go here
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2009

I love my four years at PPAS! such a great, professional, and friendly school.


Posted October 9, 2009

I learn so much every day! the classes and teachers are great! ppas is such an amazing school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

Everyone is so supportive and all of the faculty really care about you sucess
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I went to PPAS for four years of high school and I could not be where I am today if it wasn't for my great education and performing arts!


Posted October 8, 2009

I learn so much everyday! I LOVE PPAS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

everything about it is amazing!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

its the best school that you can ever go to it friendly and nobody judges you for who you are and just the best place to be
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

such an amazing school! its like one loving family
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

Everyone knows everyone! Its such a great, loving environment
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

The school is so loving and warm. It's small so everyone gets noticed. The faculty is kind and the kids are very talented. It's the ONLY school in NY that offers location, where you can miss school for auditions or shows and not get penalized!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

PPAS is the best and truly a one of a kind!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

I love PPAS because it a places that brings everyone together and exposes student to the impossible dream, making them possible!!!


Posted October 7, 2009

PPAS is a good school because its a small school and you know everybody by the first week and you have so many privileges in your performing arts major and you can benfit so much from it.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
40%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
29%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
92%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

15 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

12 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students61%
Female63%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%

Chemistry

All Students62%
Female64%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant62%

Earth Science

All Students67%
Female65%
Male80%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

English

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%

Geometry

All Students75%
Female74%
Male79%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%

Global History and Geography

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
African American97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Integrated Algebra

All Students90%
Female94%
Male81%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities83%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Living Environment

All Students90%
Female91%
Male87%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
African American93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the middle school level. The school received a grade of "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 42% 48%
Hispanic 2 25% 23%
Black 2 22% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 2% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 128%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 68%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Orchestraal
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents15932%
Students45788%
Teachers2296%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. KEITH RYAN

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Busses - M10, M104, M11, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M5, M50, M57, M7. Subways - A to 42nd St-Port Authority Bus Terminal; F, M to 47-50th Sts Rockefeller Center; N, Q, R to 49th St; 1, C, E to 50th St; B, D to 7th Av; 2, 3, 7, S to Times Square-42nd St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Orchestraal
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

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328 W 48th St
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