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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

AP Studio Art Program combines AP Studio Art 2D and AP Studio Art Drawing.  AP Studio Art 2D deals with two-dimensional applications such as graphic design, photography, weaving, collage, and any artwork that has a two-dimensional surface.  AP Studio Art Drawing deals solely with drawing and painting focused on the elements of art and principles of design.  The course culminates in the submission of a 25-29 piece portfolio to the Advanced Placement Central Board for grading.  Credits gained by passing the portfolio exam with a score of 3 or higher are accepted by many colleges.
  • Criteria:  Students who have at least ONE of the following skill sets:
  • Students who successfully completed a 3-year sequence of: Creative Art, Painting and Drawing.
  • Students who present a strong portfolio with 6-15 substantial artworks including:
  • 3 observational drawings
  • 2-3 portraits
  • Several abstract, pop, graphic, or digital artwork
  • Students with strong computer graphics application skills (i.e. Photoshop/Illustrator)
Course Requirements/Expectations:
  1. Complete the summer assignment by the end of the first marking period.
  2. Submit homework on time and revise it according to teacher’s feedback.
  3. Complete the class work in a timely manner.
  4. Students should have access to a digital camera/smartphone to digitize their artwork.
  5. Upload all the assignments to Google Drive, share them with the teacher, and maintain the files.
  6. Students should prepare their artwork for school art exhibitions; measuring, trimming, mounting, and labeling.
  7. Students must register for the final AP Studio Art Exam and prepare portfolios to include:                                         
  8. 5 Quality, 12 Concentration, and 12 Breadth pieces of college-level artwork.
  9. Critiquing is an essential part to enhance student’s artistic talent.  Therefore, it is expected students participate
    during the critique.