General Information

Consumer Information


Accreditation and Credentials

The Ailey School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).  A copy of the School's accreditation and other credentials may be obtained from the Admissions Office.  The Ailey School is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institution of higher education and is eligible to participate in Title IV programs.  The Ailey School is recognized by the US Veterans Administration as an eligible school to participate in Veteran's Educational Benefit Programs.  The Ailey School is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

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Enrollment Statistics

Diversity Enrollment Statistics
The attached Diversity Enrollment Chart indicates the ethnicity of students enrolled in the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 terms.

Pell Grant Diversity Statistics
The attached Pell Grant Diversity Report indicates the race, ethnicity, and sex of students receiving Pell Grants for Fiscal Year 2013.


Student Outcomes

Completion & Retention Rates

According to the Federal Title IV Higher Education Amendments of 1998, schools must track the rate at which it takes students to complete their post-secondary education.  The cohort used to calculate this rate is restricted by the Amendments to students who begin their enrollment at a post-secondary school for the first time since high school.  The Amendments also specify that these rates allow these enrollees 150% of the scheduled program length to complete a program. Thus, currents rates are based students who fit the “first-time, first-enrolled” category starting Fall 2012.

Certificate Programs – 69% of first-time, first-enrolled students who enrolled in Fall 2012 completed the program as scheduled at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.

Independent-Study Program – 45% of first-time, first-enrolled students who enrolled in Fall 2012 completed the program as scheduled at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.

Career Outcomes for Students Who Have Studied At Ailey

The Ailey School is proud of its history of developing accomplished, well-rounded women and men who contribute to society as artists, educators, and performers. Alumni of our B.F.A., Scholarship, Certificate, and Independent Study programs have pursued successful performing arts careers in a wide range of leading dance companies and Broadway productions.  Alumni additionally become choreographers, producers, directors of their own companies, arts administrators, and dance teachers.  Others have gone on to study at prestigious conservatories, colleges and universities, pursuing both dance and non-dance degrees. Survey results on post-completion employment statistics are collected annually.

If you are an alumna of The Ailey School and wish to be included in our survey, click here to complete a survey online.


Gainful Employment Data

In accordance with the Student Consumer Information Regulations of the United States Department of Education, The Ailey School provides students and their families information to which they are entitled to as consumers.

The Ailey School is committed to providing full disclosure of all consumer information as required by state and federal laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are intended to satisfy students' right-to-know, and offer students and their families the information needed in order to make fully informed choices regarding the institution they elect to attend.

Certificate Program Gainful Employment Data
Independent Study Program Gainful Employment Data


Health and Safety

Policy on Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol Abuse

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) and The Ailey School are committed to promoting the physical, intellectual, social, and ethical development of all individuals and to preventing alcohol and other drug-related problems among all members of its community. To that end, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance (illicit drugs, alcohol, etc.) either on AADF's property or at AADF sponsored activities, is prohibited.  Any person found to have violated this policy will be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, admonition, disciplinary probation, termination of employment or enrollment, complaint to civil authorities, and/or referral for counseling through outside intervention organizations.

The Ailey School provides resources and referral services for all students confronted with a problem of drug and/or alcohol abuse. This resource list can be found in The Ailey School Student Handbook, which is distributed to every full-time student, and in the Admissions Office. Employees may obtain information about such resources from the office of the Human Resources Generalist.  

This policy and its requirements are in accordance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and will be distributed annually to each AADF employee each full-time Ailey School student.

Drug and Alcohol Policy


Campus Security

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) does not condone malevolent behavior of any kind.  The facilities are monitored by  AADF staff throughout operating hours.  Students are asked to report to the School Administrator or Security Supervisor, any  incidence of physical assault, sexual molestation (forced, or not), manifestation of prejudice, or theft occurring on campus.  Guilty parties may be subject to disciplinary action by  AADF. Statistics concerning the occurrence of reported offenses for the three previous calendar years on campus are available in The Ailey School "Annual Campus Security and Crime Statistics Report" (below). AADF is also committed to providing an environment that is safe and secure. The annual security and fire safety compliance document is available from the Facilities Manager upon request. The document contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including: crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting policies, and disciplinary procedures.

Annual Campus Security and Crime Statistics Report


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  These rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
  • The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. 

    The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-5901


Student Handbooks

The Ailey School Student Handbooks provide essential information for students and their parents. Handbooks are distributed annually to all incoming and currently enrolled students and are updated regularly.  It is the responsibility of each student to read their division-specific handbook and become familiar with School policies and procedures as well as their rights and responsibilities as an Ailey School student.

The most recent versions are available to download below:

Professional Division Handbook
Junior Division Handbook


Handicap Accessibility

The Ailey School facilities, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible throughout the building.