Student Academy Preference Form
Please complete the survey on the following page so that we are best able to meet your preferences for academy placement.
The Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
Students will experience an exciting program in theatre arts, which will include performance courses such as acting, scene study, and play writing. Technical courses include costume design, stage craft, and set design. The dance component of this program will include courses in traditional and modern dance, jazz, interpretive dance and
choreography. The Arts Academy will also have a track of study in photography, graphic design and
studio arts. It will also feature hands-on courses in painting and ceramics with a requirement of
portfolios and student displays and entries into a variety of competitions. Mass media arts selections
will include courses in journalism, web-design, and online publication of the Dewey school
STEM Academy
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy will
provide each student a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with opportunities to explore
disciplines including Computer Science, Engineering and Robotics. Our course sequence will be
designed to prepare students not only for colleges of choice, but competitive 21st century career
paths. With significant opportunities for hands-on learning, students will gain fluency with the design
process, and acquire comfort with addressing real world problems. STEM Academy students will be
able to complete a number of college-level classes. They are expected to apply their skills beyond
their classroom by taking advantage of John Dewey’s renowned robotics teams and participating in
the multitude of STEM summer offerings in New York City.
Pre-Med and Health Careers Academy
The John Dewey High School Pre-Med Health Careers program is designed to
be a foundation in preparation for college pre-med and health profession programs. Students are
equipped with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to be successful in a premedical program at
a university. This is a four-year math-science program for students interested in this field and
culminates into an internship at various medical facilities. Preparation for college is achieved
through hands-on courses, laboratory experiences, hospital internships and portfolios. Students are
expected to take both advanced placement courses in biology and chemistry as well as and anatomy,
and physiology. Students also participate in HOSA, Health Occupation Students of America, a national
organization that promotes career opportunities in Healthcare and develops leadership skills in all
students. All students graduate with their CPR certification and at least two other certification
courses offered by American Red Cross.
Academy for Law and Justice
The Academy of Law and Justice at John Dewey High School will be an
outstanding opportunity for any student interested studying law and taking an in depth approach in
exploring the struggle for justice and human rights. Program electives will focus on the legal and
criminal justice system as well as giving students the opportunity to look in depth at the struggle for
human rights and justice in both word and United States history looking to attract students
motivated by a desire to learn more about this field and to prepare for higher education. Through
our affiliation with the Justice Resource Center and Facing History and Ourselves students will have
the opportunity to visit criminal and juvenile court, work with lawyers and politicians, and
participate in moot court, mock trial and Model UN competitions throughout the city; students will
also have the opportunity to take part in NYU’s High School Law Institute (HSLI).
Business, Tourism & Hospitality Academy
The School for Business and Tourism/Hospitality Arts is designed to prepare
students for future careers and educational opportunities with a concentration in hospitality,
culinary arts and tourism. The programs are focused on providing the management theories and
operational talents necessary to work in their specialty area while continuing their education and
refining their leadership, communication, and professional skills to reach their full potential through
school developed partnerships with the National Academy of Finance and Virtual Enterprise Inc.
Students in the program will be exposed to a hands on, practical experiences beginning in the 9th
grade and culminating with internships prior to senior year. Graduates will have the opportunity to
leave with one or more certificates related to their specialty area.
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