Long Island High School for Careers in the Arts

If you are passionate, self-motivated, open-minded, and willing to give it your all, you will excel at Long Island High School for the Arts. You will be challenged and pushed to your perceived limits. You will grow and accomplish so much more than you ever imagined.

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Career and Technical Education

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, LIHSA became a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and thus a“4+1” High School Graduation Pathway Assessment option for NYS graduation.

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Sequence of Study

Students choose one of three program pathways: Performing Arts, Visual and Media Arts, Sonic Arts, Game Design, Creative Arts Therapy, Sustainable Design and Production and Managerial Arts. The interplay between the core coursework and the student’s technical skill building will result in a versatile professional.

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Curricular Philosophy

LIHSA’s curriculum is borne of the recognition that the interplay between different disciplines of creative work often forges new pathways and possibilities.

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Work-Based Learning Experiences

Students enrolled in LIHSA will complete Work Based Learning (WBL) hours. WBL exposes students to the realities of their future professions.

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Dual Credit

College articulation agreements are in place with several local colleges. In the LIHSA dual-credit program, students have the possibility of earning credit that goes towards high school requirements; and at the same time, can also earn college credit.

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Multidisciplinary Coursework Long

While artistic activities used to be highly segregated, creative industries have been upending that traditional hierarchy, with work crossing disciplinary lines.

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CTE Programs

On stage, in the studio, and in classrooms, students learn from a dedicated team of teachers, all of whom are accomplished artists and performers. Each program offers independent projects and field trips and brings world‑class artists to the School to conduct master classes.

Of all the career industries, the Arts, Media and Entertainment sector requires perhaps the greatest cross disciplinary interaction because the work in this sector has a propensity to be largely project based, requiring both independent work and interdependent management skills for career success.

California, CTE model in Arts, Media and Entertainment

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Our Passionate Team

LIHSA students benefit from Long Island’s most prestigious and acclaimed arts training. We aim to guide each student to realize their full potential and our teaching faculty collectively bring a wealth of experience from the world’s arts, entertainment and cultural industries. Their expertise across theatre, screen, the latest performance platforms and many other cultural areas provides students with the skills and knowledge to build successful careers, and instills them with the passion and confidence to become the region’s next creative leaders.

LIHSA teachers are practicing artists, working at a high level within their respective careers, and are skilled masters of their crafts.