Margaret McGarry, Director - 762-8245
The Rod Serling School of Fine Arts at Binghamton High School, named for famed author Rod Serling, a '43 graduate of Binghamt on Cen tral High School, opened in 1995. Since then, the School has averaged over 300 Fine Arts students per year, functioning as a magnet Fine Arts curriculum within the confines of a normal heterogeneous high school. It is thus unique among magnet secondary Fine Arts programs.
A student at the Rod Serling School of Fine Arts can major in any of the following four areas: the Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, and Dance. Within these areas, students can concentrate on individual interests and gear their study to those interests. For example, in the Visual Arts, students can concentrate in any of three areas: Drawing and Painting, Photography and Media, or Ceramic and Sculpture. In Music, there are concentrations in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, and Music Theory/Composition. Theatre majors can specialize in Stage, Drama, or the Musical Theatre. While there are no specific concentrations in Dance, the Dance program touches upon every genre (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Ethnic Dancing).
Currently, the Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and the Music Department also offers the International Baccalaureate Program in their respective disciplines. Since its inception, it has become a model for Fine Arts education within New York State and in many districts throughout the nation.