The Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a school committed to combining the pursuit of education with character building and preparing students to function in the global market.
Kimberly Walton joined the faculty of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008. She teaches vocal music and piano classes to students in grades 6-12. Under her leadership, the Wadleigh Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Apollo Theater, the Harlem State Building, the Morgan Library, Colgate Palmolive, the Riverside Church, First Corinthian Baptist Church, the National Chorale Festival, and the Manhattan Borough Arts Festival. Wadleigh vocal music students have been selected to sing for Senator Bill Perkins, presidential adviser and civil rights lawyer Vernon Jordan, and NYC comptrollers John Liu and Scott Stringer. The Wadleigh Choir was the recipient of grants from the Grammy Foundation and the Riverside Sharing Fund. In 2010, the Wadleigh choir put on a fully staged production of Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Wadleigh vocal music students are regularly selected to participate in prestigious programs such as Rosie O'Donnell's Broadway Kids, Songs of Solomon Gospel Choir, the NYC All-City Chorus, and the NYC Summer Arts Institute. The vocal music program maintains active partnerships with Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, New York Festival of Song, the Metropolitan Opera, the National Chorale, and Lincoln Center Jazz.
Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts offers a rigorous academic program as well as a strong performing and visual arts program. Curricula are designed to ignite scholars’ imaginations, nurture their intellectual curiosities, and develop their creative spirits. Scholars are provided the platform to pursue their dreams and passions in order to become productive members of society.
At Wadleigh, our view of an authentic education is rooted in the Pedagogy of Love which means having high academic expectations for ALL students as they ALL are in pursuit of Arts’ achievement rooted in the school’s culture of excellence and nurtured through the mentoring of each student as per student need.