Art, drama and dance
DreamYard Prep offers art, drama, music and dance as well as an extended school day and paid internships for students. The small school was founded by DreamYard Project, Inc., a not-for-profit arts-education group, in the Taft Educational complex in 2006.
The tiny school, which has struggled over the years, made so much progress that The New York Times featured it as a success story. “I think we’re at a pivotal point,” Principal Alicia Wargo told The Times. “We’re not exactly where we want to be, but we have made steady progress and gains every year.”
Teachers say the school is orderly and the principal is an effective leader, according to reponses to the annual NYC School Survey. The graduation rate and attendance still have a ways to go, however.
“Students pick a major at the end of their sophomore year and spend two 90-minute blocks each week studying theater, visual arts, music or dance,” The Times reported. DreamYard and its partner organizations pay students minimum wage for internships.
Admissions: In recent years the school has had room for every student who wants to attend. (Clara Hemphill, newspaper reports, August 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
DreamYard Preparatory School
Students will take arts classes each year of high school. In 9th and 10th Grades, students take an Arts Elective Class each semester in Choral Music, Dance, Theater, or Visual Arts. In 11th and 12th grades, students choose a major in one of these areas. Each semester, students are expected to participate in an arts exhibition or performance. Students with a strong interest in the arts can participate in summer intensives in their area of choice.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
240 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Trains: to Mt Eden Ave; , to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, BxM4
This school shares the Taft Educational Campus with five other schools