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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-
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
1170
39 responses
Average ACT
29
11 responses
AP Enrollment
5%

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%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 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
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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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.
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Out of nearly 1000 applicants, I am 1 of the select few accepted into my class of 49. We are intellectual, talented, creative, and passionate individuals. We have a will to learn, to succeed, and to express ourselves through art. Our classes are advanced and our teachers help create an environment in which learning is fun. APA is a safe haven for many students who attend. As someone who hates using public restrooms, I must say that the APA facilities are very clean. Our administrators are like second parents to us. My principal is an African American woman and she is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. We spend our senior year at Kean University taking all college courses, receiving college credits. There are 3 boys in my grade, surprisingly none of which are gay. We are of all different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Yet somehow, we all manage to come together- as students, as artists, and as a family.
The Academy for Performing arts is a school that is like no other. This advanced educational environment not only pushes it's students to work hard, but to strengthen their talents and passions as well. When thinking about a performing arts high school, many people assume APA is a place that refers to academics as a second priority. However, this is extremely wrong. What I admire most about this high school is how there is an even balance between academics and performing. Dancers and actors have the opportunity to strengthen and perfect their trade over four years, as well as their minds. Sending seniors to Kean is another aspect of APA that makes it unique. Experiencing college before high school is even over has prepared me and my peers tremendously. I feel ahead of the game and ready to face my future.