Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
|Frank Sinatra School of the Arts|
35-12 35th Avenue
Astoria, New York, 11106
|Number of students||≈900|
|School color(s)||Blue and Orange|
The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts is a performing arts high school in Astoria, Queens as part of the New York City Department of Education. The school, founded by Tony Bennett, is a major arts high school in New York City offering High School Diplomas in six arts majors including fine art, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and film. Each studio has its own dedicated teachers, classrooms, ensembles, and performances/exhibitions where students may showcase their work to the public. All students must audition for admission. Students in every Studio/Major are also allowed to audition for the Musical Theatre elective class, who in the past have put on performances such as The King and I, Anything Goes, The Secret Garden, Carousel, Footloose the musical, Little Shop of Horrors, and in March of 2015, Jonathan Larson's RENT. Students can also apply for the Stage Craft elective class that teaches the students to work as crew for schools productions and technical theatre. Unfortunately there is a money hierarchy in the studios with limits many things such as Dancers have gym class instead of an extra period of dance and also do not have accompanists to play music for dance classes. Musical theatre,and Drama, are at the top followed by Film and Music (instrumental and vocal),then Art, and finally Dance. The school is struggling to find funding.
The school has a population of approximately 986 students. Student to teacher ratio 23:1
The school holds one of the highest graduation rates of New York City public high schools. In 2009, 96% of the senior class graduated with 97% enrolled for college. The class of 2009 additionally completed 17,000 hours of community service while at FSSA. Recently the class of 2013 has completed 20,000 hours of community service and has won as a whole approximately $120,000 worth of scholarship money. The school had two students win the Posse foundation scholarship in the class of 2013. Graduates have gone on to study at such institutions as the Mannes College of Music, Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, School of Visual Arts, the Pratt Institute, Columbia University, University of Southern California, Boston University, Amherst College, Tulane University, SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory, Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, The Hartt School at University of Hartford, Brigham Young University, Parsons The New School for Design, and Cornell University. Students have also attended competitive pre-college summer arts programs at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts: New Studio on Broadway, and Carnegie Mellon's Musical Theater.
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts also known as FSSA was founded in 2001 by the famous singer and painter Tony Bennett who along with his wife Susan Benedetto have funded the school through a non-profit organization called Exploring the Arts (ETA). FSSA started out in the DeVry building over at LaGuardia Community College then moved to the C building and now to its own state of the art Building.
- FSSA School website