History

The School for Young Performers (SYP) is a New York State registered K-12 private school. Established in 1995, the school was designed for students with careers in the performing arts, modeling or athletics as well as private families. SYP's founders and administrators have been providing a quality academic alternative in on-location settings for over 30 years. Moreover, the SYP program brings exclusive and exemplary education directly to its students—anywhere and anytime!

Mission

SYP is committed to providing solutions for the scholastic challenges facing students whose lifestyles or professions are incompatible with the traditional classroom construct.

Philosophy

SYP was founded with the following principles:

  • All students should receive an exceptional education administered by skilled & dedicated teachers.
  • All students should have access to an individualized and rigorous college preparatory track.
  • Families should not have to choose between the pursuit of personal or professional aspirations and the opportunity for scholarly academic achievement.

How It Works

FLEXIBILITY

SYP can work with any demanding production, competition, training or travel schedule. A “school without walls”, SYP provides an exemplary college preparatory curriculum at essentially any location: a competition site, training facility, production-specified location, schooling at home or an overseas environment.

ONE-ON-ONE

SYP students have the distinct advantage of one-on-one teaching. The academic program was designed by experienced educators and curriculum writers and is specifically tailored to meet each student's unique educational and professional needs. Moreover, SYP offers a diverse selection of classes and consistently puts forward new and dynamic courses to meet the ever-changing needs of its pupils.

TEACHER SELECTION

Pictured: Maddy Brout (Assistant to the Head of School), Karin Farrell (COO of SYP), Alan Simon (Founder and President of SYP), Iris Even (Head of School). Not Pictured: Kelly Politzer (College Counselor)  Photo Credit: Marc Bushelle Photography  

Pictured: Maddy Brout (Assistant to the Head of School), Karin Farrell (COO of SYP), Alan Simon (Founder and President of SYP), Iris Even (Head of School). Not Pictured: Kelly Politzer (College Counselor) 
Photo Credit: Marc Bushelle Photography

 

Teachers are carefully selected through SYP research and our recommendations. They will adhere to the academic plan created for your child, maintain New York State and Common Core standards, and facilitate a healthy and dynamic school environment. Our teachers also have a consistent and constructive dialogue with SYP administrators as well as parents and caregivers.

DOCUMENTATION OF COURSE WORK

Through weekly documentation, progress reports, and an open line of communication, SYP students and their parents are kept apprised of individual advancement. SYP logs school hours, chronicles extracurricular activities, and compiles work portfolios for review on a semester basis. SYP administrators conscientiously examine all documentation of course work and make periodic in-person visits to the schooling site for classroom observations.

WEEKLY ACADEMIC REPORTS

Parents receive weekly reports in order to monitor their children's progress. These documents contain the following information:

  • The total number of hours completed per week per course
  • A brief summary of courses and material covered by week
  • Comments regarding student growth

PORTFOLIO OF COURSE WORK

In order to demonstrate the quality of a student's academic efforts, SYP composes a portfolio of significant written work, projects and exams for each semester.

PROGRESS REPORTS AND TRANSCRIPTS

A written evaluation of the student's coursework is submitted to SYP by the teacher(s) at the end of each marking period. This report describes the level and quality of completion and awards a final letter grade in each course. Upon graduation or withdrawal from SYP, a final transcript indicating academic credit for satisfactory work is provided. SYP transcripts are recognized by traditional school programs as well as by colleges and universities nationwide.