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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Academy for Performing Arts is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Scotch Plains, NJ. It has 190 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
About Academy for Performing Arts...
Address
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Telephone
(908) 889-8288
Website

Academy for Performing Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1210
60 responses
Average ACT
30
18 responses
AP Enrollment
4%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$110,514
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,398
National
$949
Median Home Value
$465,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Class Showcases
    42%
  • School productions
    42%
  • Field Day
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
190
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,738
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.2%
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
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Academy for Performing Arts Reviews

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This school really helped me grow as a performer, student, and as a person. Upon entering Freshman year, I was really shy and kind of closed off, but after 4 years of nurturing from my teachers and incredible support from faculty I find my self saying “Hi” and talking to everyone in the halls. It’s to the point that almost every Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior knows me by name! Of course the school isn’t perfect, and I’d love to see them be able to build an additional theatre to the Black Box, but one of the many awesome things about APA is that every year it’s growing and adapting to the new batch of students walking through its doors and learning from those who are graduating.
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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!
The Academy for Performing Arts is a wonderful school. The facility is beautiful, they have many resources, and the teachers are excellent. All classes are honors level courses, so the academics are very challenging. The teachers are very proactive and do not leave any students behind. Although APA is an amazing school academically, they are not a very diverse school. Since its very selective in their acceptance process, the school is predominately white. As a diverse student myself, I have never felt out of place here at APA. All the students and teachers are very accepting of all races and genders. However, I wish it was more diverse in their selection process. Other than that, I have enjoyed my experience with the Academy for Performing Arts. I have learned so much about myself as a student and person and hope to continue to grow each day.