CHS Performing Arts
"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work" - Emile Zola

Academy of the Performing Arts


For Dance, Music, Drama and Technical Theater Students in Grades 10-12

Providing Cranford High School students the experiences to explore, develop, create and perform to their fullest potential, preparing them for college and careers in the performing arts.

Applications for the 2017-2018 are closed.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will open in Spring 2018.


Our Philosophy


The Cranford High School Academy of Performing Arts is a small community of students and teachers devoted to providing an artistic and creative environment that will cultivate individual talent in the performing arts of dance, drama, music and technical theater.

The experiences provided will empower students to explore, develop, create and perform to their fullest potential, preparing them for colleges and careers in the performing arts. The academy exists within Cranford High School, but extends beyond the confines of the school day and school community; allowing students access and freedom to specialize in their area of interest


Our Objectives


  • To allow for the exploration and in-depth development of skills, knowledge and understandings in a focused area of study in the performing arts.
  • To provide intensive blocks of time to study within and extended outside the traditional school day and school environment.
  • To provide exposure to professionals in the performing arts by bringing in consultants for enrichment within our studios and by studying outside in the professional world of the performing arts.
  • To ensure that the study encompasses the whole art by including the areas of the aesthetics, historical, cultural and critiquing aspects of the art through creating and performing.
  • To develop individualized plans through an advisor program to assist and nurture each student in reaching their fullest potential.
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