New Voices centers its arts instruction on the visual arts, dance, instrumental music, chorus, theatre, and graphic arts. All of the arts programming at New Voices is aligned with the NYC DOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning, and supports the Common Core Learning Standards in ELA and Math.
Sixth graders have classes in all six arts subjects in order to develop their understanding of the unique qualities of each art form, and experience and appreciate the elements that unite the arts across disciplines.
In the 7th grade, students select one art discipline as their “major” that they will continue through the 8th grade, delving with much depth into their choice. A typical 7th and 8th grader studies his or her art form three to four times a week, an hour and a half each time. They also prepare and document work in portfolios that are particularly critical to admissions requirements for arts-specialized high schools.