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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 504

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328 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

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November 01, 2014
it was tough not too notice the children crying after the audition. I was told that they are very rude and super discouraging to the kids. Paint chiping off walls. The basement bathroom was gross. The entrance staff was friendly. But once your child was upstairs it was said to be uncomfortable and discouraging. Words like "just get out of here" were used to kids trying for audition. Talented Unlimited is way less rude and better quality everything. And no i am not upset on whether my child was picked for this school. I would not even consider it. You do not tarnish the dreams of kids who believe they have talent. The school is there to teach talented kids to get better and learn more about their talent. Not act like Simon from american idol. Its high school and your not La Guardia im sorry. If u get in please prepare yourself for the abuse. this has become a horrifying contest and not a fun experience . And not a good experience for many. I understand they want the best. But this school is not a managing company and they arent auditioning for tv. Treat those kids with respect so they can at least leave with dignity even if they werent picked.

- submitted by a parent
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
June 05, 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

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 17, 2009
The best art school in the Big Apple

- submitted by a parent
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
no rating 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
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.

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October 10, 2009
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October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2009
PPAS is the best school i know! anyone thats an art major should go here

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October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2009
I love my four years at PPAS! such a great, professional, and friendly school.

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October 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 09, 2009
I learn so much every day! the classes and teachers are great! ppas is such an amazing school!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 08, 2009
Everyone is so supportive and all of the faculty really care about you sucess

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 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!

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2009
I learn so much everyday! I LOVE PPAS!

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2009
everything about it is amazing!

- submitted by a student
October 08, 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
October 08, 2009
such an amazing school! its like one loving family

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2009
Everyone knows everyone! Its such a great, loving environment

- submitted by a student
no rating October 07, 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
no rating October 07, 2009
PPAS is the best and truly a one of a kind!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
I love PPAS because it a places that brings everyone together and exposes student to the impossible dream, making them possible!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 07, 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
no rating October 07, 2009
this skool is amazing..... u learn soo much

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2009
i learn so much everyday! i love ppas! such a great school!!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 07, 2009
I love PPAS because it has a small student body which makes us more like a family rather than just a school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
the best school with the greatest amount of potential artists of the future

- submitted by a student
no rating October 07, 2009
PPAS is the best school ever. Everyone's so nice, amazing, and talented.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
My school is awesome. Even though, we are going through lots of budget cuts, this school still is able to maintain awesome talent and still produces some of the greatest people you will ever meet. Inside and out.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
On a daily basis PPAS provides me with fundamentals i need to achieve artistically and academically. It is a school extremely dedicated to ech and every indivisual student. My school is very small providing a family-esque environment allowing me to express myself openly. I do not know of a school so caring.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
so muchh better than laguardia . laguardia isntt as professional as everyone thinks it is !! ppas has great talent and besides from doing what you love to do , its a familyy where everyone knows everyone (:

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
this school is great! so loving and exciting!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
PPAS is a one of a kind school .

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
My child always comes home from school with a big smile on her face. The teachers are the best teachers I have ever met...the are very educated in their field, which gives me happiness to know my daughter is in good hands. This follows for the performing arts teachers as well. Best school I witnessed in NYC thus far.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Because its a place that conditions people in their arts in a healthy way. It gets overlooked since it is so close to one of the largest public performing arts schools in the city and definitely needs funding in order to continue running all of its performing arts programs.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2009
My child loves this school and I coudn't be any happier with the plesant enviornment she is in.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
We are all such a big, talented, family.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
PPAS is dedicated to ensuring its students sucess. With motivated teachers and proactive environment for me it is a stepping stone which will lead me towards great achievements in the future. I feel extremely honored to be apart of this high school and with its reputation on the line i will srive to be not only the best artist i can be, but also the best person i can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
I love the Professional Performing Arts High School because it is a place for the strange and the gifted. It is a place for the students to be who they are and learn in a very safe environment. The teachers at P.P.A.S. give so much to there students. Talent, passion and drive radiates from every student and every faculty member. The fact that it is a place for the students to do both school work and artistic work is a blessing. P.P.A.S. has helped me become a stronger individual. That is why I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
The environment is so loving and full of life, its like highschool musical but better.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 04, 2009
This school is amazing! It's a small school and great community so that every student gets a lot of attention. The teachers are excellent and the kids are all so passionate about what they want to do and are all so talented. We all get to do what we love and we learn from each other and support each other. It's not like the department-store of school called Laguardia; we actually know everyone we go to school with and our principal knows every one of our names. This school is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Because i get to do what I love.... and the people are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Because it serves my granddaughers scolastc needs by its affialiaton with NYU for advanced courses while it provides her needs as a performer (dancer, choreographer and back stage hand - building sets settin them up etc))

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
The teachers are amazing, they are all so kind and understanding. The kids are also really great. The homework is managable and the performing arts programs are AMAZING!

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2009
I have learned so much at PPAS!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 02, 2009
Everyone is so talented. no matter how angry you get at someone you always forgive them because it feels o much like a family. I love to walk down the halls and hear people singing and playing the piano in the pink room. or seeing dance students going over choreography in the hallway....or seeing vocals students going over choreography. lol

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
PPAS is the most intimate and caring environment i have come across in my life. I have learned so much here!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 30, 2009
PPAS is a great place to learn and gives students a opportunity to express themselves through their talents whether it be singing, dancing, acting, or technical theater

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
this is school is the shizzle. I still can't believe I go to one of the best schools in nyc. I'm so amazingly grateful to be attending such a fantastic school with such a friendly enviroment.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
ppas provides such a great learning environment!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
i wouldnt want to be anywhere else!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
PPAS is a great school with great classes, teachers, and performing arts

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
I wouldnt want to be anywhere else!! PPAS is my favorite!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
i love going to PPAS everyday! such a friendly environment

- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2009
The Professional Performing Arts School is a unique and special school comprised of some of New York's most talented and brightest students. The faculty is caring and nurturing and the environment of the school is one filled with passion, inspiration, and familial ties. Go PPAS!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
this school is so welcoming and such a friendly environment!

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2009
everyone is so sweet! its one big family!

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2009
PPAS is the best school! I have learned more than I have ever imagined!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
I love ppas!!! Everything about it is amazing!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
I love PPAS so much. Both the preforming arts and academic teachers are amazing. The community is really supportive and friendly. you know everyone there and you feel like your part of something.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
The teachers and students there are so welcoming and great support towards one another!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
ahh i love it there!! its so much fun and aileyy is great !! also the teachers are awesome like ms. mussman (:

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
First of all this isnt like any normal school. Our school is special in its own way because we're all there because we love the arts. In our school people are so creative that its not even funny. Everybody can be themselves because nobody will judge you! thats the thing i love most about our school. The teachers are great they help us enjoy school. And they understand everything we go through. And they help us with everything they can. Our school is just amazing. And also we really need that money!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
It is like a big family! Some of the best teachers you can find! The most talented people! I learned so much from everyone the 7 years I was there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
It is the perfect mix between academics and performing arts. The school is small, so there is no slipping through the cracks. And most of all, my daughter loves the school, she feels so comfortable there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
i love ppas!!!!!! truly the most fantastic school ever!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
i love going to ppas everyday of the week. its such a welcoming environment

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
PPAS is fantastic academically. The talented students get a good education and they also are encouraged, at an early age, in something they love... performing arts.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
probably the best school ever. amazing in every way!

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
amazing school! i love ppas!

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
PPAS is such a brilliant school!

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
The teachers and students are just like, amazing!

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
PPAS has great academics and we also learn different performing arts!

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
ppas has great teachers, staff, classes, and academics. the performing arts program is amazing too!

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
ppas is a great school! like no other!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 27, 2009
My daughter loves it there and it's the best performing arts school out there....

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
I love my school so much! It's such a great enviornment to learn in and the teachers are truly amazing. We want out tech program back because budget cuts took it away!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2009
why do I love ppas? its like none other....no other school has academics during the morning and the student's major in the afternoon. The school trust their students so much, they are allowed to go out for lunch. The teacher are very caring.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 26, 2009
There are people that attend from 5 different majors. We are all so different and yet we all get along great. In most schools there's a 'token' minority, but at PPAS were all equal.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2009
Professional Performing Arts School is an amazing place to be. It makes you feel comfortable with yourself, with your peers, and most importantly with your craft. They strive to help us hone our talent and reach academic greatness. I love my school and am so happy to go there.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 25, 2009
I am an Alumni, and i am extremely grateful to have been in PPAS for 4 years. Its not your average High school. As you walk through the halls, you can hear kids rehearsing over their music, practicing their lines before drama class, over going over a routine for dance. And, not only are the kids extremely talented, we are the same within our academic classes. We are like a small humble school, that strives for the kids to make it to where they want to be. The teachers never get bored because the kids always set the atmosphere, and because they are not teaching your average teenager. :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
I like the fact that most of the teachers can name each student on a first name basis

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
My school is a wonderful place to work. the students are professional, respectful, and they are eager to learn.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
Students love to come to our school. We have an excellent academic and performing arts program.

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2009
I love my school because, I feel like it's my 2nd home. People are friendly, outgoing, and I learn so much from the teachers everyday. It really is the best school in nyc!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 25, 2009
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be teaching at PPAS - the students are incredibly talented, enthusiastic, engaged, 'unfettered and alive!' They're a joy to work with. My fellow teachers and the administration & staff are the hardest working group of educators I know. Throw in a landmark building in midtown Manhattan & the theater district - it doesn't get any better than this!

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2009
I love ppas. I get to do my dream singing acting and danceing, there are so many nice poeople but ever since budget cuts alot of fun programs were taken away. With this money we could get them back

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2009
PPAS is a everything a school should be. Teachers are your friends and you love learning new things. It's a safe environment and you love being there!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
PPAS is an incredible place to learn professional work. We have such talented people working and going there, we have almost no money to the things we would like to do to become a better school. LaGuardia takes a lot of credit for being the best performing arts school but PPAS is just as amazing, but we are poor :[

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
this school is amaizing! everyday is like a new fame movie. I mean if you are not interested in the arts or becoming famous or having amaizing friends that truly understand you then you should just donate money for the future stars to shine

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Fun, versatile, everyone knows everyone, classes are diverse and teachers are interactive in and out of the classroom, productions are amazing, clean, safe.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2009
I love Professional Performing Arts School because the staff and faculty are passinoate about us in every way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
This is a true learning community where staff and students work together and encourage each other to accomplish their dreams.

- submitted by a teacher
September 24, 2009
ppas is incredible because it's not like other schools, the atmosphere is overflowing with a plethora of positivity, we have the freedom to express ourselves as we like and not be afraid of judgment. ANYONE can find a friend; a group you fit into... you will never find kids roaming in the halls alone. the teachers are incredibly supportive and fun to be around there are no negative aspects to it

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Our school is very small so everyone knows every one you can walk down the hallway and all the teachers know your name and if you ever needed any help they would stay there to help you for as long as you needed.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
PPAS an amazing school. Not only do you pursue your academic goals but, you also get a chance to pursue your performing arts goals too. It's a great experience and the other students at the school are really nice and funny and you will make friends the minute you walk into the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
PPAS is like no other school i have ever known. The people you meet here are amazing. Its like one big family. The training you get is more than i could imagine and really prepares you for life.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
PPAS gave me a chance to express myself through what I love doing, without the teasing or judgement that often happens in other schools. Our school is like a giant family, and we all help each other to work harder and improve at our craft. The type of training we get here is absolutely incredible, and is often what is taught in colleges. All of the students are so talented, as well as loving and accepting of each other. Not only performing-wise, but academically, PPAS has an incredible program. The teachers are always willing to give help to those who need it and push us to do as well in math or english as in our performing arts. Basically... PPAS owns life.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
OMG its amazing. I enjoy going to school every day of my life. The teachers are amazing and I have amazing friends.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
PPAS is amazing! the teachers are fantastic and really care about they're students. It would be awesome if we had better sapce to show off our performing talents. It would such a help to students and teachers :]

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
It's awesome. It's a great place where kids who enjoy the performing arts, can come together in a respectful environment and learn. They have great teachers teaching academics and performing arts ( for 2 periods a day). Great staff, teachers, and principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2009
The new principal who joined the school a few years back is wonderful and really helps the school balance out the need for achieving high academic standards as well as excelling in the arts. The 6th grade teacher is very good and kids who are familiar (and OK) with academic structure will excel. Kids less familiar with (or resistant to) academic structure such as following rubrics or strict homework submission/re-work rules will struggle. The academics here are treated just as seriously as the perf. arts areas. It's like in sports for academic all-stars. The school expects you to excel in both areas. As a parent, I like this because the kids are expected to not lose focus on the importance of academics while honing their special talent.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2008
My son just completed his Sophmore year at PPAS. This is his second High School and I must say that it has been a great experience for him compared to his last school. The staff made it very easy for him to afjust to the program. He quickly made friends and the teachers and staff are very supportive. I have always been able to contact any one of his teachers with any concerns I may have had. We love this school and I am preparing my younger son for addmittance to the 6th grade.

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June 16, 2008
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January 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
We are new to PPAS this year, and I want to rave about how helpful the staff was to us during the audition and registration processes. Their parent coordinator and registrar really went the extra mile to help. The PTSO is large, active, and welcoming. Newsletters are informative. The principal is a charismatic former teacher of the school. My daughter loves the student body and atmosphere (younger students singing musicals in the halls - and in a study area, a sign that actually says 'No singing in this hall') and is impressed with the education/knowledge level of her teachers. Her homework/studies seem on par with her former [Texas] high school, which had made Newsweek's top 100. So far, I highly recommend this school to students with an arts focus.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
This school is great! the aacademics are top notch and the parent involment is amazing. Children in this school are lovely and sweet and there are absolutley no fights. There are a number of extracurricular activities including math, science, theatre,singing,musical theatre and much much more.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
My daughter has absolutely loved her first year at PPAS, and so have I. The curriculum is diversified and challenging and presented in such a way where the kids really enjoy learning. Exposure to all possiblities is the best thing about this school. We all love it! -D. Reyes

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2004
It's great for my daughter to be in such a wonderful public school. We love everything about this school and we feel blessed that my daughter passed the autidion and has the opportunity to receive such high quality public education.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2004
I couldn't possibly put into words what I think about this school. It is the best thing that ever happened to my child. They are very caring and supportive to both the children and the parents. It's a great school.

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August 26, 2003
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Professional Performing Arts High School
328 West 48th Street, New York, NY  10036
(212) 247-8652
Last modified Professional Performing Arts High School is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Professional Performing Arts High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 115 reviews. Top