All About STAC

STAC is Unique

STAC is an alternative arts program that is unique to Herricks High School: there is literally no other program like it in the world.

STAC is worth 2 elective credits and 1/2 art credit. The class meets five days a week for the last three periods of the day - from 12:40 to 2:50pm, and the schedule has flex such that kids in STAC can still take music classes.

The class has from 24 to 36 students in it, depending on the year, from grades 9-12. 

100% of STAC students go on to college.
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STAC is Flexible

The core curriculum of STAC covers theatre, music, fine art (painting and drawing), writing, filmmaking, photography, art history, design, etc. This provides students with a broad base in creative thinking, and room to try new things and discover their individual talents and abilities. Most students in STAC also specialize somewhat, and the program also provides for that: plenty of time to concentrate and get really good at painting, or acting, or design, or filmmaking, etc.
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STAC is Hands-on

There is very little lecture, and virtually everything is project based. Students work individually, in small groups, and as an entire class. Projects are sometimes assigned, but often students design their own based on their interests. 

We also watch and make movies, write plays, and everyone learns to write a resume, a cover letter, and present themselves in front of an audience. Everyone builds their own website (this helps with getting into college).

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Workshops in STAC

Students in STAC take part in workshops with visiting artists from NYC and beyond. It's another way STAC helps student get beyond the classroom and into the world at large.
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Field Trips

STAC is famous (infamous) for all day field trips that start at 8am and usually end sometime after midnight. We visit museums, explore neighborhoods in NYC with photographers, and see shows in NYC on Broadway, and Off too.
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STAC is Friendships

Students in STAC make friends for life. The class is very accepting and non judgemental. It's a warm and safe place to find yourself, discover your talents and abilities, around people that support you rather than tear you down.

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