Academics are a very important part of a KAB education. We are the only ballet school in the United States that has academic classes taught on site. Classes are very small, ranging from 3 to 12 students.
The small classes and low student-to-teacher ratio (7-to-1) provide students with the opportunity to receive individual assistance and guidance. We have developed a curriculum that not only meets state and college admission requirements but also the needs of young artists.
Most of our graduates attend college at some point in their careers, either after they finish dancing or, in many cases, while they are active dancers. We prepare them for college, and we also prepare them for a professional life in which they will need to be able to think and function at college level and interact with college-educated adults before they may have completed college themselves.
The Academy offers a full curriculum, for students in grades 7 through 12, that is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Subject areas include: English; mathematics; history of art; ballet history; French; biology, human anatomy and chemistry; U.S.and world history, and social studies. In addition, students receive physical education credit and elective academic credit for ballet classes and other artistic requirements. The ballet classes are Honors classes with weighted grades. Students graduate with 17 credits in academics and 8 credits in ballet, for a total of 27 credits.
To receive an academic diploma from the Kirov Academy of Ballet, a student must have completed 4 credits in English, 3 credits in Math, 3 credits in Social Studies, 3 credits in Science, 2 consecutive credits in a foreign language, 4 credits in artistic academic classes, and 8 credits in Ballet. (In the case of students transferring to KAB in the senior year, the artistic academic courses requirement may be adjusted if classes cannot be scheduled.)
English: language arts
Social Studies (combined class with 8th grade. World cultures/geography, alternating Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere year to year)
Science (combined class with 8th grade. Alternating life science and physical science year to year)
English: language arts
Social Studies (combined class with 7th grade. World cultures/geography, alternating Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere in each year)
Algebra 1 (high school credit)
Science (combined class with 7th grade. Alternating life science and physical science in each year)
English: Literary Forms and Genres
Modern European History I
Electives: French III (when there are enough students interested to make a class)
Modern European History II
Aesthetics (when offered)
Senior Career Seminar