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Thomas Oberle, Assistant Principal


The Arts and Business Department is comprised of the following departments:

  • Business/Technology
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Fine Art
  • Joffrey Ballet Academy
  • Music



Course offerings include:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Applications
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Virtual Enterprise


We have two student-run Virtual Enterprise businesses, Sweet and Savory Catering and Avante-Garde Furnishings, Inc.  In 2012, our Virtual Enterprise program won the National Business Plan Competition.  In 2015, Sweet and Savory Catering came in 4th in the National Business Plan Competition and was the only New York City VE business to qualify for the final round.


Dramatic Arts

Course offerings include:

  • Directing
  • English/Drama
  • History of Shakespeare
  • Play Production
  • Stage Design


We present a minimum of two fully-staged productions a year.  Recent productions include: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Annie Get Your Gun, Hairspray, Rent, Thoroughly Modern Millie,  Legally Blonde, Gypsy, and Avenue Q,  The School  Edition.  In addition, we present a Fall Play Production which include: Merchant of Venice, Sylvia, Trifles, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Doubt, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.


Fine Art

Course offerings include:

  • Calligraphy
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fashion
  • Painting
  • PhotoShop


We offer the three-year Art Comprehensive Exam for Regents credit in addition to Advanced Placement art courses.


Joffrey Ballet Academy

Our partnership with the Joffrey Ballet Academy is now in its third year. Students are trained in the Joffrey Ballet School's technique in both Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Tap, Jazz, Improvisation, Dance History, Dance Composition, and Pointe.  Students have performed at the Joffrey Ballet School’s annual performance of the Nutcracker.  In addition, scholarships are available to study at the Joffrey Ballet School’s summer intensive program in New York City. Students audition across New York City for this prestigious program.



Entrance level courses in:

  • Bass
  • Brass
  • Cello
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Vocal Training
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Woodwinds


 Course offerings include:

  • Chamber Music
  • Chorus (2 Levels)
  • Concert Band (3 Levels)
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music History/Theory
  • Orchestra (2 Levels)


Performing Arts Audition Program

  • Instrumental (K17R)
  • Joffrey Ballet Dance Academy (K17J)
  • Vocal (K17S)


Please see the High School Directory for additional information.