Fei Tian Academy of the Arts-Middletown’s curriculum is designed to provide every student a complete general education that is grounded in strong moral values. There are two separate tracks, depending on students’ abilities and interests.
The first track is for general education and prepares students to enter college and pursue a wide range of professional interests and occupations. The second track provides an emphasis on rigorous training in the arts and prepares students for a college education specialized in the arts and careers in the arts. Students are given a broad range of opportunities both within the arts and outside the arts and are allowed to develop in the way that best suits their strengths and talents.
Students interested in performing arts will have numerous opportunities throughout the year to take part in live performances to improve their skills. FTAA-MT also offers hands-on opportunities for students to take part in projects in science research institutions and government agencies. These extracurricular activities can integrate the students’ learning into practical use and greatly enhance their competitiveness in seeking professional careers and/or college admissions.
FTAA-MT also provides an environment that encourages students to become proficient in both English and Chinese by graduation.
At Fei Tian, students receive unique and rigorous artistic instruction in classical dance, music, and fine arts so that they may become artists of outstanding training and talent. At the same time, students also receive a top quality academic education. In this way, they may be college-ready while developing their potential to be outstanding artists at a professional level.
Students can switch tracks depending on their abilities and interests. Students are allowed to switch into the arts track only if their abilities are at a high enough level.
There is no minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission to FTAA-MT. However, it is expected that the average FTAA-MT student will have maintained a high average at his or her previous school.
Students typically attend classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that time, students have regular opportunities to meet with teachers to seek additional help or speak with advisors about their current status and future goals. There are ten periods in a day plus a one-hour lunch break, and students typically take 10 classes a day. Some classes meet for double periods one day a week.
FTAA-MT students are typically involved with dance, music or science project commitments in addition to core academic classes. After dinner, students attend dance and music practices, and/or study groups. On school nights, study hours begin at 7:10 p.m. Students must be signed in to their dormitories at 9 p.m.
On the weekends, there are various social outings and events, including trips to shopping and dining areas, group sports and games, dance performances, concerts, and movie viewings.
Fei Tian students are expected to wear proper clothing that is neither too tight nor too revealing. Clothing should not contain distracting images or words. No shorts or sandals are permitted in class.
Fei Tian is equipped with student computers that have high-speed Internet access and up-to-date software.
Each Fei Tian student is assigned an adviser who helps the student plan his or her course of study and activities. This adviser is someone who a student can go to at any time with questions or concerns. Advisers periodically check in on students, typically several times a year.
The Fei Tian curriculum is designed to prepare students for a college education. Additionally, the Office of Student Affairs and advisers closely guide 11th and 12th graders through the college admission process. This process begins in the winter of 11th grade and continues through the fall and winter of 12th grade. With the assistance of the Office and their advisers, students review their own academic standing, contemplate their aspirations, review the job market, research the college that is right for him or her, and, finally, apply.
Fei Tian graduates have gone on to attend a wide variety of colleges and universities both in the United States and in foreign countries including Allegheny College, Bard College, Brock University, City University of New York-Baruch, City University of New York-Brooklyn, City University of New York-City, Cleveland Institute of Music, College of Wooster, Fei Tian College-MT, Fordham University, George Mason University-DC, Ithaca College, Laurentin University, New York University, Purdue University, San Francisco Conservatory, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase, Trent University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland Music, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Richmond, University of Waterloo, University Texas A & M, University Texas Austin, University Texas Dallas, Wilfrid Laurier University.
After a student has been accepted, he or she will be assigned a dormitory or host family based on grade level, national origin, gender, and language abilities as well as availability of residence options. Students may report any issues with their living circumstances to the Office of Student Affairs and/or their advisers.
Students may face dismissal for any conduct that threatens the well-being of other individuals or the school community, or continued minor infractions that demonstrate utter impudence. FTAA-MT does not tolerate the use of alcohol or illegal drugs by students.
Boys and girls are expected to sit in separate sections in the classroom during classes.
The Fei Tian Academy of the Arts-Middletown campus is relatively remote and removed from busy sections of Middletown. Visitors are prohibited from entering school buildings without official authorization. Students are equipped with students IDs and passcodes to ensure their safety.
Fei Tian students have access to washing machines and dryers located in each dormitory or host family home.
The application fee is $40 ($80 for international students). However, this fee has been waived for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Office of Student Affairs coordinates services and accommodations for students with long-term or temporary cognitive, psychological and/or physical disabilities.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission to Fei Tian are guaranteed equal access to programs and services. A student must present documentation indicating that the disability substantially limits some major life activity, such as learning.
Students have access to a medical center on campus and have the option to participate in daily exercises and meditation that improve and maintain mental and physical health. The school physician and the nurse are available for individual appointments during office hours and a doctor is on call after hours.
Students may choose to practice any religion. Fei Tian honors most major religious holidays and their heritages. There are local churches and other religious services that students may choose to attend.
Students living on campus are not allowed to keep automobiles; however, students living off campus are allowed to have automobiles. Students living on campus may ride in the automobile of a student living off campus with the permission of the parents.
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