The Pros and Cons of Performing Arts Oriented High Schools

You love to perform. You get a thrill when you’re up on stage and there is no place in the world you would rather be. So, how do you perfect your craft? How do you ensure a career in singing, dance, or drama for yourself?

Of course, there are many ways to break into the performance arts industry; however, one way to ensure that you’re adequately trained for a career in performance is by attending a performance arts oriented high school.

Attending a performance arts oriented high school will allow a student to be immersed in a peer group with a common interest and a shared passion. With a focus on performance education and training integrated into “normal” classroom curriculum, these high schools can also help a student with a talent or a passion to truly blossom by allowing them the freedom to truly devote themselves to their passionate performances.

Unfortunately, however, because so much of the curriculum is focused on performance, students are also at a disadvantage by having to complete coursework with an undiversified peer group. The lack of exposure to a peer group that has diverse academic interests and goals will ultimately limit the educational scope of the student involved.

Overall, there are many pros and cons to attending a performance arts oriented high school. The most important thing, however, is to be sure that you or your child is comfortable in the atmosphere so that he or she can thrive.