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Thursday, January 17, 2008

High School For Photography And The Arts Could Be The New Trend.

With every day news reports it's hard to imagine that a high school for photography and the arts isn't already present in every city. New York boasts a High School for the Performing Arts that gained worldwide notoriety in the movie and subsequent television series, Fame. Publicly funded schools in the U.S. suffer from budget cuts and doubt over their educational abilities. Arts programs are usually the first to go in favor of sports, but when sports are also feeling the pinch, then it's not surprising that a high school for photography and the arts join the next wave of private schools.

The arts represent more than just something pretty to look at. They teach perspective, tolerance, point of view and overcoming adversity. Discipline is required to perfect technique, angle, composition and lighting. Patience is mandatory to get the right shot or a selection of shots to work from. A high school for photography and the arts could provide a strong academic education hand in hand with a strong education in the arts.

In the U.S. this would ideally be the province of the public school. Schools are funded by taxpayer dollars and should provide the maximum education. Yet, educational budgets never feature as high as politicians claim. Too many backdoor deals and too many opinions over content are actually preventing subjects from being taught at all. This is where a high school for photography and the arts could fill the void.

Private schools are typically more expensive. Tuition costs on average between $5,000 and $9,000 per year. A high school for photography and the arts charging $9,000 per student per year would make just under $4,500,000 with 500 students enrolled. At the low end of $5,000 a year, 500 students enrolled would net $2,500,000. A long-term private high school for photography and the arts could be very profitable for its financial investors. The benefits of such a school goes beyond the financial. Kids who are well grounded in the arts can go on to be anything, art-related or not. The greatest minds have always sought the best education they could. A high school for photography and the arts would offer education for the heart, the mind, the soul and the future.

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