Apply to PPAS High School

All students are welcome to show up for the posted audition dates.  If you have a conflict on your scheduled time, you can simply report on a day or hour that doesn’t align to your borough or name.

Please fill out the audition form (one for each program you are auditioning for), and bring it with you to your audition. This is not required but is helpful to have in advance. Click here to get an Audition Form

If you are auditioning for more than one program on a day, please go to the audition you want to start with and let them know you are auditioning for two when you sign in.

DRAMA AUDITION SCHEDULE

Borough of ResidenceDateLast NameTime
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSaturday, Oct. 26thLast Names A-L8:00am
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSaturday, Oct. 26thLast Names M-Z12:00pm
Brooklyn and QueensSaturday, Nov. 2ndLast Names A-L8:00am
Brooklyn and QueensSaturday, Nov. 2ndLast Names M-Z12:00pm

VOCAL AUDITION SCHEDULE

Borough of ResidenceDateLast NameTime
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSaturday, Oct. 26thLast Names A-L8:00am
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSaturday, Oct. 26thLast Names M-Z12:00pm
Brooklyn and QueensSaturday, Nov. 2ndLast Names A-L8:00am
Brooklyn and QueensSaturday, Nov. 2ndLast Names M-Z12:00pm

DANCE AUDITION SCHEDULE

Borough of ResidenceDateLast NameTime
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSunday, Oct. 27thLast Names A-L8:00am
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSunday, Oct. 27thLast Names M-Z12:00pm
Brooklyn and QueensSunday, Nov. 3rdLast Names A-L8:00am
Brooklyn and QueensSunday, Nov. 3rdLast Names M-Z12:00pm

MUSICAL THEATER AUDITION SCHEDULE

Borough of ResidenceDateLast NameTime
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSunday, Oct. 27thLast Names A-L8:00am
Manhattan, Bronx, & Staten IslandSunday, Oct. 27thLast Names M-Z12:00pm
Brooklyn and QueensSunday, Nov. 3rdLast Names A-L8:00am
Brooklyn and QueensSunday, Nov. 3rdLast Names M-Z12:00pm

AUDITION LOCATIONS

DRAMA: PPAS: 328 West 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, NY, NY

VOCAL: PPAS: 328 West 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, NY, NY

DANCE: THE AILEY SCHOOL: 405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue, NY, NY

MUSICAL THEATER: MARAVEL ARTS CENTER, 445 West 45th Street between 9th/10th Aves, NY, NY

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Dance

Participate in an Ailey School master class that includes ballet, modern, and jazz techniques. Applicants must wear ballet shoes and fitted black dance attire. No prepared solo is necessary.

Drama

Prepare two contrasting monologues (one minute each), for example: dramatic/comedic, classical/contemporary, published/original, or theater/film. Choose characters close to your age or life experience, decide who your characters are talking to and why, and completely memorize both pieces.

Musical Theater

Each applicant will be required to act, sing and dance at this audition. Please prepare the following: Acting: Present a one-minute memorized monologue (comedic or dramatic) from a published play. Singing: Present 32 bars of a memorized Broadway song (age-appropriate) – an accompanist will be provided, so bring sheet music in the appropriate key. Dancing: Be prepared to learn a short theater dance combination – please wear clothing that allows for freedom of movement, as well as jazz shoes or sneakers.

Classical Vocal Music

Present a memorized classical music selection. The song must demonstrate vocal skills and ability. Classical selections can be found in either ‘Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias’ or ‘The Art Song Anthology.’ Do not present rock, pop, gospel, country, musical theater, Disney or contemporary music. You must bring sheet music for your song to the audition; an accompanist will be provided. Vocal musicianship (the ability to sing scales, sing a cappella, etc.) will be tested at the audition.

SCREENING CRITERIA FOR ALL PROGRAMS

ComponentWeightScaleNotes
Audition50%0.00 – 5.00Audition rubrics used for four (4) studio programs: vocal music, musical theater, drama, dance.
Class Grades20%0.00 – 5.00Average of core class grades: math, science, English language arts, social studies.
Attendance20%0.00 – 5.00
ELA/Math State Test Scores10%0.00 – 5.00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How difficult is it to get into PPAS?

You can check yearly application-to-admittance ratios in the High School Directory. Generally we accept approximately 1 out of 10-15 applicants.

How big is PPAS?

We have approximately 450 students in the high school, and 100 in the middle school.

How is PPAS different from LaGuardia or other performing arts schools?

LaGuardia and PPAS are both great schools, and there are many other wonderful schools in NYC that place a high priority on the arts. The central difference between PPAS and LaGuardia is size (see above)– PPAS is much smaller. Both large schools and small school have their advantages. While large schools usually can offer more electives, clubs and sports, small schools are more intimate, family-like places where staff members are familiar with all the students, and students mostly know one another.

What really makes PPAS unique compared to other arts schools is that PPAS arts instruction is provided in partnership with NYC arts institutions: The Ailey School (dance), Waterwell Theater (drama), Rosie’sTheater Kids (musical theater) and National Chorale (vocal). Most of the PPAS teaching artists work with our students part time and work in their performing arts fields for the rest of their time. Most arts teachers at other schools are full time teachers employed by the school.

Are academics strong at PPAS?

Yes! Rigorous academic coursework that prepares students for college is a top priority at PPAS, and perhaps the best evidence that the program is strong is our college acceptances. Although a number of PPAS students choose to go to performing arts conservatories (such as Juilliard, Boston Conservatory, etc.), or pursue professional work in the arts (like a dance company), the majority of students head to four-year colleges, including some very competitive schools like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Barnard and NYU. PPAS students have also been accepted into the finest performing arts programs in the nation. These are not conservatories where you only study arts, but also an academic program: Yale School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance to name a few.

Many PPAS students begin their high school years already having finished some high school courses and regents tests in the 8th grade (including our own middle school students). Therefore, we offer higher level courses such as Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Literature, AP English Language, and AP US History, and Physics. All PPAS students complete a 15 page research paper on public policy in their senior year to appropriately prepare them for college-level research and writing. This high level of academic work makes transition to the academic challenges of college easier for PPAS students.

Do I have to have prior performing arts training to audition?

No. Training in the performing arts will benefit your audition, but it is not a requirement to have had training. Our professional artists that judge our auditions are experts at recognizing potential in the performing arts even in an untrained candidate.

Are there callbacks?

Two of the four PPAS programs have callbacks: drama and vocal. Callback invitations will be sent prior to the holiday break and scheduled for a weekend day in January. Students that have not been invited to a callback for drama or vocal will not be considered for a seat at PPAS.

What if I have a scheduling conflict with the PPAS audition?

You can simply report on a day or hour that doesn’t align to your borough or name.

Where are the PPAS auditions?

Drama and Vocal auditions are at PPAS, 328 West 48th Street between 8th/9th Aves.

Dance auditions are at The Ailey School, 405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue Musical Theater auditions are at The Maravel Arts Center, 445 West 45th Street between 9th/10th Aves.

When and how do I find out if I was accepted?

Your final acceptance to a New York City public school comes to you in a letter (called a match letter) in March. You have been accepted to PPAS if PPAS is the school to which you are matched on this letter.

What if I live out of the city but would like to attend your school?

Only New York City residents (includes any of the five boroughs) can submit a high school application and audition for PPAS. If you live outside the city you must first move to the city to begin the process of applying to a New York City public school. You also must maintain your residency in the city in order to continue your studies at PPAS or any other public school.

Can I apply if I am in a private school or charter school?

Yes. As long as you are a New York City resident, you can file a High School Application and audition for PPAS. If your present school cannot supply you with a High School Application, you can pick one up at an Office of School Enrollment (OSE). To find your closest OSE Welcome Center, go to schools.nyc.govand click on the ‘Enrollment’ link.

Can I audition if I am home-schooled in New York City?

Yes. As long as you are a New York City resident, you can file a High School Application and audition for PPAS. You can pick up an application at an Office of School Enrollment (OSE). To find your closest OSE Welcome Center, go to schools.nyc.gov and click on the ‘Choices and Enrollment’ link.

What if I just moved to the city and auditions have already happened?

It is possible for you to audition if you move to the city late in the school year, after the High School application period has already started. Once you have established residency you must visit an Office of School Enrollment (OSE) Welcome Center, and let the counselor know that you are interested in PPAS. The OSE counselor will check for available seats, and if necessary, contact the school. Given that there are available seats, you may receive a referral from OSE to audition. Note that seats are competitive and it is not likely that there will be many seats, if any at all, available late in the school year. We normally fill all of our seats in the regular process which is completed by January. Sometimes, we hold auditions in the summer prior to the school year for new residents or transfers from private school or home school. You can always contact us at admissions@ppasshare.org to find out about seat availability.