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Exploring the Site


The Arts Academy at NSLA offers a rigorous academic program and the opportunity for students to participate in an intensive arts study.  

Beginning in the 6th grade, students are introduced to the various art forms.  Through their exposure, students will select one art form as a specialty area to focus on in 7th and 8th grade.

Throughout their middle school experience, students participate in numerous performances, parades, competitions, community events, recitals, and exhibits.

Our strong academic and arts programming have prepared students to attend some of the finest performing arts high schools including LaGuardia and Talent Unlimited.  We have also had graduates attend highly selective public high schools, Catholic high schools, and private schools with scholarships throughout the city and country.   

Through partnerships and various trips during the year, we seek to enrich the lives of our students.  Over the years, the Arts Academy has developed strong relationships with the Park Avenue Armory, the Whitney Museum, New York City Center, the American Ballet Theatre, the Jazz Standard, Lehman College Music Department, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble.  These combined experiences provide students with opportunities to meet and learn from professional artists.


Applying to the Arts Academy

Prospective fifth grade students must attend an Open House and participate in one of five studios (Band, Chorus, Dance, Piano, or Visual Arts) to be eligible for acceptance into the Arts Academy at NSLA.

Please Note: students with no prior experience in the arts are still encouraged to apply.  Additionally, students may participate in more than one studio.



2016 Open House Dates

The Arts Academy at NSLA  welcomes prospective applicants and their families to one of four fall Open Houses. 

2016 Fall Open House Dates:

  • Saturday, November 5 from 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Monday, November 7 from 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • Wednesday, November 9 from 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • Saturday, November 19 from 10:30AM-11:30AM

For more information, email: families@ms244.org