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Dreams of Dreyfoos

Celebrating 30 years of excellence

Dreams of Yesterday

The Dreyfoos School of the Arts is a public magnet high school that serves a culturally diverse community of artistically talented Palm Beach County students.

Tradition of Education,
Arts and Diversity Impact

Private funds are generously donated from individuals, foundations and community business leaders. The past 30 years of unconditional support, collaboration, and kindness of our partners has enabled us to yield unimaginable social returns for Dreyfoos School of the Arts and the greater Palm Beach County community.

our history

1990
The Palm Beach County School of the Arts opened with 250 students in grades 7-9, specializing in five art areas—communications, visual arts, music, dance and theatre.
1997
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. made the largest private contribution ever made to a public school in Florida. He pledged $1,000,000 to support the Palm Beach County’s public arts magnet high school and its name changed to Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. School of the Arts.
2009
The Foundation received its second gift of $1,000,000 from the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. The Davis’ son, Alan, made the endowment gift in memory of his parents to support the supply needs of the school’s art areas.
2023
For over 30 years, the foundation supports over 1,450 creative, dedicated students as they travel daily to the school’s campus in West Palm Beach from as far away as Tequesta, Pahokee and Boca Raton to participate in six arts disciplines: Communication arts, dance, music, theatre, digital media and visual arts.
1993
Community leaders established the School of the Arts Foundation to raise funds to enhance the arts and academic programs at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The Foundation funds the needs and opportunities that the School District cannot fund.
1998
The high school moved to its new campus in 1998. Its presence helped ignite the rebirth of downtown West Palm Beach, transforming the then blighted area into an emerging cultural destination
2011
Beverly Taubert, a retired educator, left her estate of $1,200,000 to the Foundation to establish the Beverly A. and William E. Taubert Scholarship Endowment Fund to support the college dreams of Dreyfoos students with demonstrated financial need.

dreams of today

Diversity

Advanced diversity, equity & inclusion in all of its forms

Resources

Campus renovations to department-specific equipment

Experiences

Bring world-class leaders into the classroom to share talents

Access

Grant access to education, arts & opportunities beyond graduation

Magic

Share learnings, talents & gifts with the world

World-class Art & Academic Opportunities

Dreyfoos School of the Arts is a local internationally recognized public magnet high school. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation enhances curriculum, scholarships, material and critical student support which the School District cannot fund.

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World-Class Curriculum

Committed to world-class art and academic opportunities, the curriculum is centered on the combination of excellence and equity to empower each student to reach their highest potential. The community of creators is designed to help students discover their own identity and voice within a safe, accepting, and uplifting environment.

World-Class Curriculum

Committed to world-class art and academic opportunities, the curriculum is centered on the combination of excellence and equity to empower each student to reach their highest potential. The community of creators is designed to help students discover their own identity and voice within a safe, accepting, and uplifting environment.

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Communication Arts

Speech & Debate / Print & Broadcast Journalism / Creative Writing / Film & TV Production

Dance

Technique / Modern / Jazz / Ballet

Digital Media

Photography / Animation / Graphic Design / Film

Music

Band / Piano / Orchestra / Vocal

Theatre

Acting / Musical Theatre / Design / Technical Production

Visual Arts

Painting / Drawing / Printmaking / Sculpture / Architecture / Photography

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Communication

Communication Arts

Speech & Debate / Print & Broadcast Journalism / Creative Writing / Film & TV Production

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Dance

Dance

Technique / Modern / Jazz / Ballet

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Photography

Digital Media

Photography / Animation / Graphic Design / Film

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Music

Band / Piano / Orchestra / Vocal

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Theatre

Theatre

Acting / Musical Theatre / Design / Technical Production

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Painting / Drawing / Printmaking / Sculpture / Architecture / Photography

Events

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2023 Fall Performances
Through the end of the year
Meyer Hall, West Palm Beach
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Save Our Musicians
November 18th • 6pm – 11pm
Jupiter Pointe Marina
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Artist Market aT The Square
December 2nd • 10am – 5pm
The Square, West Palm Beach
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School Events
Prism Concert
Tuesday, November 28th | 7pm

Alumnus

The Dreamers

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Liz Sinn

Liz Sinn

Music, Class of 2020, Berklee College of Music

Liz Sinn, a Dreyfoos 2020 graduate and Pathfinder winner, knew that she wanted to pursue music from a very young age. She began playing the piano 14 years ago and began playing jazz her sophomore year in 2018. Sinn said, “I ended up by chance getting into jazz, which I didn’t actually intend to do. For most of my life, I thought that I was going to do classical piano. I knew I… wanted to do music, but I felt like I was either playing the wrong instrument, or the wrong style. So, when I ended up getting into jazz band, it was really just more my thing.”

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Manuel Alex Ramírez

Manuel Alex Ramírez

Music, Class of 2014, Berklee College of Music

Dreyfoos alumnus Manuel Alex Ramírez is a saxophonist and composer who graduated from music – band with the class of 2014. Born in Colombia, Ramírez has since graduated from the Berklee College of Music and is now based in New York City. While he was a student at Dreyfoos, he was frequently invited to perform at Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation (SOAFI) events and met with many of the attendees, an experience that he says introduced the importance of creating and fostering musical communities in artistic spheres. He received a college scholarship from SOAFI in his senior year, as well as full tuition from Berklee’s Presidential Scholarship.

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Phyllisia Ross

Phyllisia Ross

Music, Class of 2006

Since graduating from Dreyfoos in 2006, Phyllisia has risen to stardom due to her signature technique of blending genres and languages to create multicultural musical masterpieces. She was recently featured on the United Nations’ list of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent in Media and Culture, Under 40. She performs in shows not only in South Florida, but also in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Réunion Island, Africa, and Europe. She has recently released a beauty product and clothing line on her website. Phyllisia attributes much of her success to her formative years at Dreyfoos, as well as the early experiences she had in the music industry.

Alumnus

The Dreamers

Liz Sinn

Music, Class of 2020
Berklee College of Music

Liz Sinn, a Dreyfoos 2020 graduate and Pathfinder winner, knew that she wanted to pursue music from a very young age. She began playing the piano 14 years ago and began playing jazz her sophomore year in 2018. Sinn said, “I ended up by chance getting into jazz, which I didn’t actually intend to do. For most of my life, I thought that I was going to do classical piano. I knew I… wanted to do music, but I felt like I was either playing the wrong instrument, or the wrong style. So, when I ended up getting into jazz band, it was really just more my thing.”

Alumnus

The Dreamers

Manuel Alex Ramírez

Music, Class of 2014
Berklee College of Music

Dreyfoos alumnus Manuel Alex Ramírez is a saxophonist and composer who graduated from music – band with the class of 2014. Born in Colombia, Ramírez has since graduated from the Berklee College of Music and is now based in New York City. While he was a student at Dreyfoos, he was frequently invited to perform at Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation (SOAFI) events and met with many of the attendees, an experience that he says introduced the importance of creating and fostering musical communities in artistic spheres. He received a college scholarship from SOAFI in his senior year, as well as full tuition from Berklee’s Presidential Scholarship.

Alumnus

The Dreamers

Phyllisia Ross

Music, Class of 2006

Since graduating from Dreyfoos in 2006, Phyllisia has risen to stardom due to her signature technique of blending genres and languages to create multicultural musical masterpieces. She was recently featured on the United Nations’ list of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent in Media and Culture, Under 40. She performs in shows not only in South Florida, but also in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Réunion Island, Africa, and Europe. She has recently released a beauty product and clothing line on her website. Phyllisia attributes much of her success to her formative years at Dreyfoos, as well as the early experiences she had in the music industry.

dreams of tomorrow

Dreams Beyond the Stars

Contributions to Dreams Beyond the Stars are vital to cultivate our future innovators, artists, and leaders. The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation ensures that gifts and donations are utilized to benefit the school as requested by the donor. Gifts in any amount are needed and appreciated.

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