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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Academy for Performing Arts is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Scotch Plains, NJ. It has 184 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Telephone
(908) 889-8288
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Academy for Performing Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1180
42 responses
Average ACT
29
13 responses
AP Enrollment
5%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
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Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
184
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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The Academy for Performing Arts is a school straight out of a movie! It was and still is my dream school. The staff and administration are such kind people and they work hard t ensure that every student is accommodated and comfortable. The only thing that is different from other schools is the fact that we don't have any sports teams, but are allowed to go back to our district high school to play sports there. The academics, although tough, push the students to work harder and if they prove to be difficult for students they can reach out to the teachers and peer tutors for extra help. The school is a very open environment and it encourages students to tap into their creative side and feel comfortable. Every time I walk into school I never feel like I am in danger, and always feel safe and protected by the security guards and teachers. Any child would be extremely fortunate to attend the Academy for Performing Arts!
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I majored in theatre here. My theatre education was excellent, though there was not a great deal of flexibility in exploring outside of my major. This year, I am a senior, and I will spend this year studying at Kean University for free as part of a dual-enrollment partnership between APA and Kean. I will receive around 30 credits this year - tuition-free! Although I will not continue to study theatre after high school, APA offered a fantastic opportunity for me to pursue and cultivate my interests.
My experience in the school has been amazing and stressful at the same time. I loved almost all my teachers, especially my history, theater, and english school teachers. The teachers are kind, nice, and actually want to see you succeed in school and in life, so they will help any way they can.
They've given us chromebooks to work on our projects throughout the years which is helpful to those that do not own a computer themselves. However, many sites are blocked on them so writing reports with sources is a bit of a struggle.
The cafeteria on campus has food that is a bit overpriced for students but they have the lunch program for low-income families to apply to.
We were very prepared for college because in our senior year, we take freshman courses at Kean University so we not only get a feel of what it's like, but also become more responsible for ourselves and take the credits with us to whatever school we choose to go to.