Long Island High School for the Arts


With generous support from The Joel Foundation, Exploring the Arts is partnering with Long Island High School for the Arts, the only high school on Long Island dedicated to the performing and visual arts.  ETA will help create exciting opportunities and rigorous instruction for the school's music students while creating meaningful connections to the ETA network of Partner Schools in New York City.

Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts offers world-class training and preparation for students in Nassau and Suffolk counties who are interested in exploring and pursuing careers in the arts. Over the past four decades, our school has been a home and training ground for talented young artists who are actively and passionately exploring the exciting worlds of dance, drama, filmmaking, instrumental & vocal music, musical theatre, theater technology and visual arts. 

Our beautiful campus is conveniently located in Syosset, New York and features a 350-seat, fully equipped theater, a state-of-the-art digital media production lab, bright and inviting dance and art studios, and specialized music and art classrooms. 

Our dedicated faculty is made up of experienced professionals in their fields who are constantly introducing fresh, exciting, real-life experiences into their classrooms and studio sessions. 

With more than 98% of our students going on to colleges and conservatories and earning millions of dollars in scholarships each year, college and post-secondary planning and preparation is a top priority. Our students have gone on to study at such institutions as The Juilliard School, Yale University, Syracuse University, Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union, and New York University/Tisch School of the Arts.  

Contact Information

Website: https://www.nassauboces.org/Page/1644

Chris Rogutsky Bleecker, principal- crogutsky@nasboces.org


Goal One: To increase student enrollment in LIHSA’s music department through targeted updates to curriculum, facilities and staffing structure.


Goal One: LIHSA differentiates its music program from more traditional programs in the surrounding area by developing the curriculum, making significant improvements to the music facilities and refining the staff structure. As the program is able to stand out, they are able to better make the case to prospective students and district gatekeepers for the significant value add of attending LIHSA for a student who is serious about studying music. 


LIHSA’s music program is fully enrolled and includes full classes in both its morning and afternoon offerings.  A newly designed curriculum and updated music spaces stand out from those of traditional high school music programs. The curriculum offers a wide range of course offerings and flexibility for students. Students are able to create an individualized program in which they can fully explore their musical interests in a way that also better prepares them for post-secondary musical study. Through a combination of certified teachers and regular visits from teaching artists for Master classes and residencies, this specialized experience can include everything from performance to songwriting and music technology to non-Western musical traditions and cross-disciplinary work with other departments.

Four-Year Plan 2017-2021.