Tara Performing Arts High School

  • Tara began as a vision and a belief shared by Greg and Laurel Fisher and Betsy Barricklow, the directors and co-founders of the school.
  • In their experience as educators they found that many students were motivated and inspired by the performing arts.
  • They observed that working within a yearly schedule which concentrates on a play or music at specific times actually strengthened and enlivened the students' academic studies.
  • Initially established in 1994 as an after school performing arts program, Tara has grown into a vibrant educational community of approximately fifty students, their families, and the school's staff.
  • Tara celebrated its first graduating class of seniors in 2001 and is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12

Student Body

Total Students60 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by GradeTara Performing Arts High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,316
Admissions DirectorCourtney Nicoletti

School Notes

  • Tara began as a vision and a belief shared by Greg and Laurel Fisher and Betsy Barricklow, the directors and co-founders of the school. In their experience as educators they found that many students were motivated and inspired by the performing arts. They observed that working within a yearly schedule which concentrates on a play or music at specific times actually strengthened and enlivened the students' academic studies. Initially established in 1994 as an after school performing arts program, Tara has grown into a vibrant educational community of approximately fifty students, their families, and the school's staff. Tara celebrated its first graduating class of seniors in 2001 and is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

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