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LisaRG

Hello,

Just out of curiosity, is there anyone here who knows if a dancer 14 or over can stay in the dorms if they come from another state that is within commuting distance? And if so does the SAB address now give that dormer the ability to attend the public performing arts school -PPAS (not sure if this is correct).

Thanks,

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LisaRG

I don't think so.  DD has friends from CT and NY who commute. There is some type of rule. I don't know what the mileage is? I do think, however, that it might be less difficult to get in if you don't need a dorm spot. When DD did it several years ago, they said that they only had about 60 dorm spots.

You can ask. 

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DanceMumNYC

Hi Lisa, to my understanding, any student who lives out-of-state can apply for housing. Those residing in NY can also apply given they live too far to commute daily (what I got was that this means outside of NYC, such as upstate). Housing is limited, however, so scholarship students are usually given rooms first. The remaining rooms seem to be given based on age and level of difficulty to commute. 

In order to attend a NYC public school, the student would have to provide proof of a NYC address. So, yes, the student would be able to attend PPAS, as many SAB students have done for years. Some also attend LaGuardia, which has a better reputation for academics & is much closer (within walking distance) to SAB. Another option many SAB families choose is PCS (Professional Children’s School), which is also in walking distance, but note that this one is private & therefore costs tuition. 

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LisaRG

Thank you Dance Mom.  We live in NJ very near to NYC.  I was just dreaming that if my DD was promoted to a level where she cannot attend her normal high school, she might be able to dorm at SAB, which would allow her to attend PPAS.  PPAS unlike LaGuardia, fits the child’s academics around the dancers ballet lesson schedual.  I like my DD new high school in NJ which offers dance, but I am a dreamer, and if by some chance.......she is promoted, and ballet is still her passion....well like I said, a mother and daughter can dream so I wanted a plan.

Thank you!

Lisa

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5uptown

DanceMumNYC (and anyone else reading) a student cannot realistically attend LaGuardia and SAB, even though they are physically so close. The schedule is not workable (most LGA students stay until 4PM, and by high school, SAB students have early afternoon classes, or even some during the day). Also, neither school is supportive of a student doing that. 

LisaRG don't discount PCS, despite the very high tuition-- they do have need-based financial aid and seem to be very flexible with the dance students. And yes, of course dorm students can attend PPAS, and quite a few do. Of course you can also always ask about dorm spots, and try and make a case for why they should allocate one to your dancer, but its not something I would count on if you are within a reasonable commuting distance. 

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NYCMOM

I can confirm 5uptown's comments about the incompatibility of SAB and LaGuardia.  One of my daughters (a modern dancer, not the ballet dancer) attended LaGuardia for dance, and the few SAB students in the dance studio left after 9th grade.  They were ok through level B1 at SAB, but once they hit B2 they have early afternoon classes, as 5uptown notes.  LaGuardia is unwilling to accommodate that schedule.  My ballet dancer daughter attended PCS, though she did not train at SAB.  PCS is very flexible in terms of scheduling and we were more or less satisfied with the level of academic rigor.   

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DanceMumNYC

To my knowledge, most LaGuardia students don’t have 10th period, which ends around 4, unless they have to make up classes or choose to take even more electives for a good transcript for college. 9th period ends around 3-3:30, but if a student chooses to forgo a lunch period, they can get out by 2:30. This is what my nephew did this year. Once the afternoon dance classes start, I think attending any public high school becomes difficult. In our experience, private schools in general are way more flexible & tend to end earlier. So I would agree that PCS is the most flexible option for professional & pre-prof kids as that’s what it exists for. We looked at it for DD for middle school so that she’d be a little closer to her dance studio, but the academics weren’t on par with her current K-12 school. When considering any school, I think it’s important to visit (sometimes several times), have your child shadow during the school day, and ask questions! Think of the long-term dance requirements & show the school a potential future dance schedule to see if they can accommodate it. 

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