Westinghouse Arts Academy Principal's Page

Before I was a school principal, I was a science teacher. So, I like data. I like it a lot.

The data tells us that the arts matter. The arts matter a lot:

  • a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.
  • Researchers detail reductions in disciplinary infractions, improvement in standardized writing scores, and even an increase in compassion.*

At Westinghouse Arts Academy, we live the truth in these numbers every day. Our students thrive in an arts-immersive, creative environment. A typical kid’s weekly schedule includes four or five unique arts classes related to their area of focus. An arts elective in a traditional high school schedule delivers 2-3 hours of arts instruction a week, while our schedule offers between 10-13 hours, while students also complete core academics and graduate ready for college and career.

We recently polled our latest Freshmen class, and they let us know that this model? It’s working.

  • 100% of students responding said they’ve grown “a lot” as artists.
  • 70% feel they’re challenged “a lot,” and 100% reported being challenged “a little” or “a lot.”
  • 89% intend to, or have recommended us to a friend.

For the right student, we’re the perfect fit. When asked about the best thing about our school, we heard the same themes: creative expression, supportive teachers, engaging classes. The response that choked me up, though:

Everything. It literally saved my life.

We’re proud of these results, and hope you’ll be inspired to take a closer look, too.

Looking to join our ranks? Take a closer look at each of our programs, and come to an upcoming event to learn more about us. If one of our programs is a good fit for you we hope to see you at an upcoming evaluation.

Dr. Dana Moreno

Academic Principal

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Next Steps

Admission to Westinghouse Arts Academy is offered to students who successfully audition for one of our six arts focus areas. If you’re interested in audition and enrollment information, sign up to learn more about the process, schedule a tour or shadow day, and secure an evaluation date to audition. Or, support our programs with a financial gift.

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