The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts is a public magnet high school serving more than 1,300 artistically talented Palm Beach County students. The school, located in West Palm Beach, occupies a 20-acre campus adjacent to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
Artistic concentrations are offered in the following six arts disciplines:
The Communication Arts Department is the first of its kind to exist in any high school in the United States. It offers a curriculum that encompasses speech, debate, journalism, creative writing, computer arts, publishing, television and film production.
The Dance Department provides intensive training in different styles and techniques of jazz, ballet, pointe and modern dance. With an emphasis on understanding dance as an art form, students learn the basics of choreography, kinesiology and music, while enhancing their self-esteem and artistic discipline.
The Music Department at the School of the Arts is recognized as one of the best high school programs in the United States. It offers concentrations in band, chorus, orchestra and piano. More than 20 different student ensembles, ranging from classical to jazz, are rehearsed and performed throughout the year.
The Digital Media program was created by blending two dynamic programs, Communication Arts and Visual Arts. Students are offered classes in film (digital video) production, photography – traditional and digital, animation and graphic design. Students in this program work with both the moving image and the still image to create narrative experimental, documentary and short films of a variety of genres.
The award winning Theatre Department provides students with the literary, performance, and technical experience necessary to enter professional theatre companies or theatre programs at the most prestigious universities and conservatories. Upper level students choose from two areas of theatrical concentration: on stage performance or behind the scenes technical support, which includes set design, lighting and sound.
The Visual Arts Department is a nationally recognized program that encourages students to explore their personal visions through a variety of media and materials. Although drawing is stressed, students have the opportunity to explore painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture. Four Visual Arts Advanced Placement courses are offered allowing students to earn college credits while enrolled in high school.
For more information about the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School or the Arts, contact the school at (561) 802-6000 or visit their website at: www.awdsoa.org