The Academy for Performing Arts NAMED ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION


    The United States Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that the Academy for Performing Arts has been named a

    2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

    The Academy for Performing Arts is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.  Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices.


    Kelly Douglas-Jackson and Sue Anne Marcello will represent the Academy for Performing Arts at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.

    For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/

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            I hope you have had a good week.  As you know, PowerSchool is closed so that teachers can update their grades. The portal will re-open on October 11th at 3:00pm.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to email your child’s teacher.

            I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that all 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT on October 19th. This test will help expose them to SAT style questioning as they prepare for college. All UCVTS freshman, will take the ACT/Aspire on October 19th & October 20th. Students should be on time so we are able to start the exams. It is our hope that by exposing our students to both tests, they will be able to identify which test is best for them during the junior year. Once test results are in, you will get a copy of them mailed home to you. 

            Please review the Student Activities Bulletin. It includes important dates and information for next week.

    Have a great weekend!


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  • Our Mission Statement

    The Academy for Performing Arts is an innovative four year high school, immersing students in honors’ level academics while training in a pre-professional artistic setting within majors such as theatre, dance, or technical theatre.  The Academy fosters the discipline, integrity and passion necessary for students to succeed at the post-secondary level and as members of the performing arts community. The culmination of the program allows the students to complete their senior year by taking college-level courses and receiving college credit at Kean University.

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    Amia L.

    Our very own senior Amia L. performed onstage with Broadway legend
    Patti LuPone at
    Kean's Opening Night Gala at Enlow Hall. 
    Ms. LuPone requested a chorus of 16 backup singers comprised of Kean students, Amia auditioned and was chosen.



    Alessandra S.

    Her script, Wings, has been selected as a Junior Division winner for the 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Her script was reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges and chosen as the winning entry.



    Cathryn Mesce

    Cathryn, a junior at APA, is a co-author, along with her sister and father, of the children's book, Big Hug.  Her book will be published and available for purchase on October 25, 2016.


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  • CDD CarolynDorfmanDance


    Union County Academy for Performing Arts present:

    In Process

    Thursday, December 8 2016 at 7:00 pm in the APA Black Box Theatre

     Join Carolyn Dorfman Dance for a narrated performance by Carolyn Dorfman
    students from Union County Academy for Performing Arts for an evening of inspiring dance.

    All Tickets: $12
    Buy online starting on November 1, 2016
    at https://cddapa16.eventbrite.com
    click here for the flyer

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  • PowerSchool Portals Closed

    Marking Period I Interim Progress Reports

    The Student/Parent Portal and mobile apps to Power School are closed
    for Marking Period I Interim Grade/Comment Progress Reports
    and will re-open Oct 11th at 3:00 pm.
    If you have any concerns about grades, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher


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Performing Arts
1776 Raritan Road 
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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