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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  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 236 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.

Academy for Performing Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1230
84 responses
Average ACT
29
28 responses
AP Enrollment
4%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$128,890
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,509
National
$949
Median Home Value
$484,800
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.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
  • School productions
    44%
  • Class Showcases
    38%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • Field Day
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
236
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.2%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
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
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
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I personally enjoyed attending APA over the last four years because of the small-knit community and worthwhile experiences in both the arts and education. The faculty members are all extremely sweet and they want to see you grow by pushing you to your fullest extent. However, some teachers can be extremely biased and only pick their favorites for certain roles or activities throughout the school year. For example, APA was supposed to do Mary Poppins for the spring musical but nobody signed up to audition since it was well known who Mary Poppins would be based on the teacher's personal bias. Other instances of this can be seen throughout the school and the shows. I still had a great four years and I met so many amazing friends who I call family. Another negative component, however, was the lack of community since the friends group were so selective and no matter what you did, you never really belonged unless you were a founding member. Still a great school for exploring the arts!
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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.
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!