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    Performing Arts Academy

    Information for Applicants

    The Performing Arts Academy is located at the OCVTS Lakehurst Center, housed inside historic Hangar One at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The academy opened in September 2001 for students entering the ninth grade. The Performing Arts Academy is a public high school administered by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School district. The Performing Arts Academy was designed to provide performing Arts curricula focused in dance, vocal music, acting, and audio engineering (new major for 2016), along with a four-year college preparatory academic program. The school exists to provide a unique, nurturing and challenging learning environment for students gifted in the performing arts.

    Students are selected through a competitive application process. An evaluation of the applicant’s current academic transcript, in addition to participating in an admissions exam and audition are also required. Students typically enter the Performing Arts Academy at the 9th grade level; however, openings for students presently enrolled in high school may be available and will be determined annually. Applicants must reside in Ocean County to be eligible for admission. All school districts in Ocean County are eligible to participate in sending applications to the program.

    To be eligible for admission the student should be enrolled in and successfully complete an eighth grade program that includes: English, math, science, social studies and physical education. It is recommended that students also be involved in performing arts activities. Students applying as high school transfers will have current transcripts evaluated.

    The courses that the students will take in the ninth grade are:

    Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II* 5 credits
    English I* 5 credits
    Spanish I or II* 5 credits
    World Civilization* 5 credits
    Biology 5 credits
    Physical Education/Health 5 credits
    Performing Arts: dance, acting, vocal music or audio engineering (full year) 10 credits

    *Students are scheduled for the appropriate math and foreign language coursework using past academic records, as well as a placement test. **All other grade level schedules will be created on an individual basis.

    View Grade 9-12 Full Course of Studies


    The student’s resident district will be responsible for transporting the student to the Performing Arts Academy.


    The school day runs from 7:30AM until 1:30PM. Classes are offered in a block scheduling format which allows for maximum participation in the learning process. Students take four years of academic college preparatory coursework as well as being trained by professionals in the art of performance. The course of study meets and exceeds the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum standards. Performing Arts students are offered the skills necessary to develop and manage a career in the arts industry. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform and record in a professional recording studio. Trips are taken to see professional performances; guest artists are invited in to perform and train our students.

    Acting training provides, but is not limited to: acting technique, musical theatre, dialect coaching, improvisation, scene study, and voice production. Dance training provides, but is not limited to: ballet, modern, jazz technique, choreography, fitness and nutrition. Vocal music training provides, but is not limited to: vocal technique and physiology, vocal styles, and music theory. Audio Engineering training includes, but is not limited to: microphone technology, live sound, Pro Tools industry-standard software, and hands-on studio performance. Performance skills are integrated into the academic program. Internship coursework is required senior year.


    Science - Physics is the basis for sound technology.

    English - Students are provided with ample opportunities to work on oral presentation skills to complement the performance curriculum. Senior level electives are also offered.

    Technology is part of an integrated curriculum. College coursework through Ocean County College is available for juniors and seniors.

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