Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS) (02M408)

328 West 48 Street, Manhattan, NY 10036, Manhattan
Phone: 212-247-8652
Hours: 8:15am - 3:30pm
Principal: Leah Dyer
School Website:
NYCDOE Website:
Quality Snapshot:
Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, S to 42nd St; B, D to 7th Av; C, E to 50th St; F, M to 47-50th Sts Rockefeller Center; GS to Times Square; N, Q, R to 49th St
Bus: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M5, M50, M55, M57, M7, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM24, QM3, QM4, QM5, QM6, SIM10, SIM1C, SIM22, SIM25, SIM26, SIM3, SIM30, SIM3C, SIM8, SIM8X
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Program Details
Drama (M81J)
Performing Arts

In partnership with the professional theater company Waterwell, and built around the core values: engagement and empathy. Students take daily conservatory-style class in acting, movement/devising, voice & speech and theater studies. Each grade also participates in supplementary performance projects including classics, new play commissions, and student-created work. Goal is to develop exemplary artists who are equally engaged citizens. Audition Location: PPAS, 328 West 48th Street.

Students are ranked by the school based on their auditions. Offers are made in priority group and rank order.
  • (Group 1) Priority to continuing 8th graders
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Avg. Class Size
Complaints / Suspensions
0 / 11
0 / 0
Graduation %
College %
Drama (M81J)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

117 / 24 (4.88)
21 / 6 (3.50)
Offers - Waitlist
About the School

Located in the heart of Manhattan's theater district, this small, personalized school partners with top-rated New York City Arts organizations to provide professional-level training in the performing arts and a competitive academic program. Recognized for our unique arts instruction, we attract master performers and industry players that help guide our students toward the most competitive colleges and conservatories. Our special relationships with local organizations provide access to some of the most modern training facilities in New York City. Our unique combination of arts and academics provides an engaging school environment that recognizes that students excel in all areas when provided with programs that recognize their passions.

Other Features: College Trips, Community Service Expected, Extended Day Program, Online Grading System, Program(s) with 3+ GE Applicants Per Seat, Program(s) with 3+ SWD Applicants Per Seat

School Features:

  • Offers 10th Grade Seats
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Art History, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
Diploma Endorsements
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Volleyball
Girls PSAL Sports
Basketball, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 40% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 90% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 21% responded
Teacher Support 
School Community 
School Leadership 
Post-School Support 

Note: Yellow bars indicate city-wide averages for the associated category

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Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
Avg. CC Regents Score
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 0.90%
4-Year College 70.20%
Other Postsecondary 0.90%
Unknown 28.00%

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Information on NYS Regents exams can be found here:

School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 22.70%
Female 77.30%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index: 
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 6.50%
Black 21.10%
Hispanic 28.50%
White 39.60%
Other 4.30%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Black 15.60%
White 71.90%
Other 12.50%