Five Misconceptions about Performing Arts Schools

As a student here at Charter Arts, I often get questions from my friends who go to traditional public school about our education. It never really occurred to me just how many people have misconceptions about what our school is and what we represent. After seeing many articles and asking some of my Charter Arts peers what their experiences have been, I have come up with the top five misconceptions that people have about performing arts schools.

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1. Performing Arts schools don’t have any core academic classes:

One of the most frequent questions I get from my friends who go to public school is if our school incorporates core academic classes into the school day. To which I always reply “yes” with a slight sense of annoyance in my voice, for I have been asked this question hundreds of times. But seriously, what is it with people thinking that performing arts students get a pass when it comes to academics? If you’re looking into a good performing arts school, I can almost guarantee that core classes are included in their system. Also, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it’s a law that schools are required to teach core subjects. Our academics here at Charter Arts are rigorous and challenging, and we are always required to use our brains to make quick decisions. We have a lot of work, for we aren’t only doing homework for our core classes, but for our art majors as well. So in reality, we have more homework than traditional public school kids, but it’s all worth it in the end.


2. Performing Arts schools don’t teach anything valuable for the future.

I can’t speak for all of the majors here at Charter Arts, but from a Literary Arts Majors perspective- this misconception is far from the truth. I know that even if I don’t end up becoming a writer when I graduate from this school, I will still be prepared for college and career. I have learned how to act professional, I have been taught discipline, and I’ve learned how to use my creativity to help me in a host of different situations. Going to an arts school is about so much more than just the arts, it’s about teaching students how to survive life in the real world when it comes time. I would say that we are very prepared, and it will make our lives easier in the long run.


3. We’re a private school.

This misconception is more directed towards our school because there are many private schools that are out there that cater to the performing arts. Our school is one of the few that is public, which often surprises many people. Often people will automatically assume we are a private school because we require students to audition, but that’s far from true.  We are a public charter, and function as other public schools do. 


4. We have poor facilities and equipment due to inadequate funds. 

If you are reading this post and weren’t aware of this, all public charter schools are publicly funded. We also raise money through fundraising events, with the proceeds going towards our school. Our bulding is equiped with state of the art spaces, such as dance studios, practice rooms, a public theater and art galary, and much more. 

5. We are better at the arts than any other school.

This has to be the biggest misconception that people have about art schools. Just because students major in specific artistic mediums, does not mean we are perfect at them, or that our programming is better than other schools. We are proud of our arts education, but are also very supportive of other schools and their programs as well. 

I hope this article helped clarify a few of the misconceptions of art schools. Until next time. 

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  3. Literary Arts Students: Molly Zimlich, Maddie Chase, and Telma Felix.

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