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Thomas Oberle, Assistant Principal


The Arts and Business Department offers a variety of courses to both challenge and provide students an opportunity to explore and achieve in the performing arts and business. All students are required to earn a minimum of two credits (2 terms) in the arts.


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

      • Business / Technology
      • Dramatic Arts Academy
      • Fine Art
      • Joffrey Ballet Dance Academy
      • Music (Vocal and Instrumental)

Performing Arts Audition Program

      • Dramatic Arts (K17T)
      • Instrumental (K17R)
      • Joffrey Ballet Dance Academy (K17J)
      • Vocal (K17S)
Please see the NYC DOE High School Directory for additional information.


Business / Technology Course offerings include:

  • Business Finance / Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Virtual Enterprise We currently have one virtual business, “Your Name Here.”


Dramatic Arts Academy

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 Legally Blond, Gypsy, Avenue Q, the School Addition, the 25th Annual Putnam Valley Spelling Bee, In the Heights, West Side Story, and  Into the Woods.

In addition, we present a Fall Play Production which has included Merchant of Venice, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Doubt, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rowing to America: The Immigrant Experience, The Crucible, The Miracle Worker, and Arsenic and Old Lace.


Fine Art Course offerings include:

    • Calligraphy
    • Ceramics
    • 'Design Studio
    • Drawing
    • Fashion
    • Painting
    • PhotoShop
We offer the three-year Art Comprehensive Exam for Regents credit in addition to Advanced Placement art courses.
Joffrey Dance Academy
Our partnership with the Joffrey Ballet Academy is now in its sixth 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.
Music Entrance level courses in
    • 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)
*Marching Band is required for all Brass, Percussion, and Woodwind Performing Arts students