Brooklyn High School of the Arts
|Brooklyn High School of the Arts|
|Principal||Daniel Vecchiano |
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Brooklyn High School of the Arts, ("Brooklyn Arts") is a New York City Public High School located in Boerum Hill in Brooklyn. It is a dual-mission high school dedicated to providing aspiring artists and scholars with an academically rigorous pre-college course of study and a comprehensive, four-year pre-conservatory arts program. The school has majors including Fine Art (visual and design), Dance (performing arts), Instrumental Music (performing arts), Theater (performing arts) and Vocal Music (performing arts). Students must audition before the teaching staff for their chosen major.
The school had their first graduating class in June 2004. Hip-hop recording artist Jeannie Ortega was also part of the first graduating class. They have a student population of about 900 students in grades 9 through 12. The school is sponsored and has partnerships by such corporations as, Invesco, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 101.1 WCBS FM, and the World Monuments Fund. The school has extracurricular activities such as Thespian Society, Peer Mediation, Guitar Club, Anime Club, Chess Club, Student Advisory Council, Cheerleading, The Moth, Art Club, Guitar, Newspaper, Gay-Straight Alliance and the National Honor Society. The school offers sports such as Volleyball, Track, Double Dutch, Basketball, Badminton. The principal is Daniel Vecchiano.
The high school also offers summer internships via the Preservation Arts program. Students can intern at various architecture, construction and engineering firms around New York. Interns are paid by the school instead of the employers.
The school offers programs such as:
- Advanced Via Individual Determination. This program trains educators to use certain techniques in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career. Students can apply during this freshman year and if accepted, can participate in the program until their senior year.
- The school has a partnership with the Met Opera and gives it free access to screening of live shows each month. Examples of past operas shown are Die Zauberflöte and L’Elisir d’Amore. Students, faculty, staff and those in the surrounding neighborhood can go into the schools auditorium and watch the projections of the show.
- The Brooklyn Arts Lecture Series bring in professionals from different backgrounds into the school to sit down interview style and share their journey of how the achieved success. Past presenters are, Dwana Smallwood, a world-renowned Dancer and choreographer and Jazz Vocalist Marianne Solivan.
-New York Cares S.A.T. Program offers students free tutors to help prepare for the S.A.T.'s . This program is held after school and gives students to opportunity to take practice S.A.T.'s and receive feedback.
Brooklyn arts, is one of the fifteen schools in New York City to become an AP Capstone Affiliate. The Advance Placement classes offered are in, United States History, English Language and Composition, Statistics, World History, Human Geography, Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology.
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