Professional Performing Arts School

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Professional Performing Arts School
328 West 48th St.
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′42″N 73°59′19″W / 40.761536°N 73.988506°W / 40.761536; -73.988506Coordinates: 40°45′42″N 73°59′19″W / 40.761536°N 73.988506°W / 40.761536; -73.988506
Type Public[1]
Established 1990[2]
School district 10036
Principal Keith Ryan[3]
Teaching staff 30 academic teachers[4]
Grades 6–12[5]
Enrollment 485[6]
Campus Urban
Athletics dance, drama, vocal, musical theatre
Yearbook 2009

The Professional Performing Arts School or PPAS is a New York City public school in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.


The Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) was created in 1990 to meet the needs of two groups of students: those who wanted to pursue professional work in the arts as they earned a junior/senior high school diploma and those who wanted to study the arts as an avocation.[7]

It is the special mission of this small, personalized school to develop, refine, and showcase students in dance, drama, and vocal music while also providing them with a rigorous, meaningful academic curriculum.

Every student auditions for a performing arts major. Performing arts instruction is delivered by professional dancers, actors and musicians through professional studios.

Academic staff give students opportunities for daily study through a rigorous, comprehensive, sequential, fully integrated academic curriculum. The course of study, ending in a New York State Regents endorsed diploma, is centered on an interdisciplinary, multicultural, inquiry based approach to learning which prepares students for college and/or a professional career in the arts.

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