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Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) is committed to nurturing each student's passion for the performing arts and thirst for knowledge by providing a safe, supportive community that inspires lifelong learning and a commitment to social change. PPAS was created in 1990 to meet the needs of two groups of students, those who wanted to pursue professional work in the arts and those who wanted to study the arts as an avocation. The curriculum offers students in grades six through twelve a unique opportunity to study the performing arts with working artists. PPAS students follow a daily schedule of rigorous academic work at school each morning and intensive performing arts instruction at professional studios each afternoon. Partnerships include the Ailey School for dance, Harlem School of the Arts for instrumental and vocal music, the Actors Institute for drama and musical theater, and by special arrangement, the School of American Ballet.
In addition to advanced placement classes, students may earn college credit in classes at New York University, Fordham University, The New School, John Jay College and Borough of Manhattan Community College. The On-Location Education program allows students to work professionally and study with a tutor on a set, on Broadway or on a national tour.
The PPAS Advisory Board creates partnerships in the performing arts community. The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation funds Princeton Review classes for sophomores and juniors. A partnership with the Salvation Army provides a free summer program for middle school students. The New York Times Foundation provides free newspapers and educational materials.
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