The Arts Academy at NSLA offers a rigorous academic program and the opportunity for students to participate in an intensive arts study.  

Beginning in the 6th grade, students are introduced to the various art forms.  Through their exposure, students will select one art form as a specialty area to focus on in 7th and 8th grade.

Throughout their middle school experience, students participate in numerous performances, parades, competitions, community events, recitals, and exhibits.

Our strong academic and arts programming have prepared students to attend some of the finest performing arts high schools including LaGuardia and Talent Unlimited.  We have also had graduates attend highly selective public high schools, Catholic high schools, and private schools with scholarships throughout the city and country.   

Through partnerships and various trips during the year, we seek to enrich the lives of our students.  Over the years, the Arts Academy has developed strong relationships with the Park Avenue Armory, the Whitney Museum, New York City Center, the American Ballet Theatre, the Jazz Standard, Lehman College Music Department, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble.  These combined experiences provide students with opportunities to meet and learn from professional artists.


Applying to the Arts Academy

Prospective fifth grade students and their families are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about NSLA and the Arts Academy. 



2022 Winter Open House Dates

The Arts Academy at NSLA  welcomes prospective applicants and their families to one of our winter Open Houses. 

  • Saturday, February 5 at 10 AM (in-person, English & Español)
  • Saturday, February 12 at 10 AM (in-person, English & Español)
  • Wednesday, February 16 at 6 PM (English) & 7 PM (Español)- Virtual

Zoom Link for Virtual Open House Events: https://bit.ly/openhouse244

For more information, email: info@ms244.org