DESIGNATED AS A HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOL DISTRICT
INFO FOR APPLICANTS
GRUNIN PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY
FOR THE APPLICANT
Academy admission information sessions provide an opportunity to receive an in-depth overview of the academy approach to learning and are designed to help students and their families make informed decisions regarding an educational pathway that is in the best interest of each student. Students receive all admission materials, including applications, at the information sessions.
Middle school students and their families are encouraged to attend an admission information session to learn more.
STUDENT SELECTION AND ADMISSION
Students are selected through a competitive application process. For admission, students are assessed using the applicant’s current academic transcript, as well as their performance on admissions exams and an audition/interview. Students typically enter the Performing Arts Academy at the 9th-grade level; however, openings for students presently enrolled in 9th grade 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. Students entering as sophomores must successfully complete their 9th-grade coursework or they will lose their acceptance.
The student’s resident district will be responsible for transporting the student to the Performing Arts Academy.
The school day runs from 7:30 am -1:53 pm daily (Dismissal time may change 2022-2023 school year). Classes are offered in a block scheduling format which allows for maximum participation in the learning process. Students that attend our four-year program receive training by professionals in the art of performance. Our course of study exceeds the New Jersey minimum course requirements for graduation. OCVTS Grunin 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 audio recording studio. Trips are taken to see professional performances. Guest artists are invited to the school to perform and train our students.
ADVANCED CURRICULUM OFFERINGS
Our partnership with Ocean County College provides students the opportunity to earn most of the credits needed for an Associate’s Degree. Embedded Ocean County College coursework is available at all grade levels.