Fei Tian Academy of the Arts is a private, nonprofit school, providing an intermediate and secondary academic curriculum based on rigorous New York State standards and enriched with in-depth Chinese language and history studies as well as elite pre-professional arts training. It has been chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York since March 19, 2007, and registered with the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education since July 28, 2008. Fei Tian’s registration is the equivalent of programmatic approval or accreditation in other states.
Through the middle school and high school programs, students continually work towards the prestigious Fei Tian Diploma. Key concepts are taught along with critical thinking skills, and particular attention is paid to drawing meaningful connections to students’ daily lives. Students learn how to perceive, classify, and synthesize new materials, how to solve problems, and how to create new ideas. At the same time, special emphasis is placed on helping students develop a moral framework including a sense of integrity and self-discipline, concern for others, a sense for teamwork, a healthy lifestyle, and good study habits. Through the school’s integrated education, students develop their intellect, artistry, spirit, and character.
Flexibility is built into the curriculum design through the use of school-wide levels-based instruction in the core subjects of English language arts, Chinese language, and the arts. This allows students to receive the most appropriate instruction for their age and skill level.
In addition, Fei Tian establishes special provisions for English Language Learners (ELLs) so that they are provided opportunities to access the school’s programs. These services include an ESL program, the delivery of bilingual, sheltered, or native language core content courses to eligible students, and special testing accommodations. This allows students to plan, under the guidance of counselors, a rigorous academic program of study that meets their needs, interests, and abilities.
Upon graduation from Fei Tian, students are recognized not only for achievement of college readiness in standard academic subjects, but also for proficiency in the Chinese language and a deep awareness of Chinese traditions and cultures. This special blend of skills and competencies uniquely positions students for further study at the college level and to pursue a range of careers in which they may contribute greatly to society’s artistic, cultural, and spiritual life.