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Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Overview paragraph: We have an international reputation as the first and foremost high school committed to nurturing students dedicated to the arts. Our dual mission provides a uniquely balanced educational experience that includes both demanding conservatory-style training and a rigorous, comprehensive academic program. Our world-class facilities include a concert hall and two theaters; art, dance, music, recording and theater studios; science and computer labs; and a professional art gallery. We structure student schedules to allocate multiple periods of arts each day. Graduates gain admission to highly selective schools and distinguish themselves in every field, including the arts and sciences, medicine, law, business, education, and public service.
Diplomaendorsements: Arts, CTE, Math, Science

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 98% of students graduate in four years.
Attendance Rate: 95% of students attendance.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 91% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 82% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 94% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Dance
Program description: Dancers receive four years of challenging conservatory-style training in ballet and modern dance through block programming. Supplementary courses include: anatomy, dance history, choreography, theater dance (tap and jazz), career management, repertory, and professional skills. Applicants participate in both a ballet class and a modern dance class. Applicants must wear ballet shoes and fitted black dance attire. Applicants are evaluated for their potential to succeed in the specific training offered.
Interest: Performing Arts
Method: Audition

Common audition: 1
Seats 10: Yes-5
Admissions priority 1: Open to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Academic information will be considered for students who successfully auditioned
Requirement 2: Attendance and Punctuality
Requirement 3: Course Grades: English (80-100), Math (81-100), Science (80-100), Social Studies (81-100)
Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.5-4.5), Math (2.3-4.5)
Written Response (on-site)


Extracurricular activities: Amnesty International, Anime, Arista, Arts in Action, Black Student Union, Cosplay, Disney VoluntEars, Environmental, Fashion, Film, Girls Learn International, GSA, Habitat for Humanity, Hallyu Dance Crew, Key Club, La! Cheer Squad, Math Team, Murals, Random Acts of Kindness, Relay For Life, Science Olympiad, Social Action, Splashes of Hope, Student Government, Ukulele For Good, Yearbook
Psal Sports Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
Psal Sports Girls: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

School sports: NCAA Cleared

Other info

Total students: 2809
Start time: 8am
End time: 4pm
Grades 2018: 9 to 12
Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French, AP Human Geography, AP Italian, AP Japanese, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish
Additional info: Extended Day Program; Extended Day Program (Tutoring); Health Center; Multi-Session School; Online Grading System; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Orientation

Specialized: 1

School accessibility description: 2
School 10th seats: Y

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Lincoln Square
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square

School Number: M485
Shared space: No
Community board: 7
Council district: 6
Census tract: 151
BIN: 1030341
BBL: 1011560030

About Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts


Address: 100 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan NY 10023
Latitude: 40.773629
Longitude: -73.985273
Phone number: 212-496-0700
Fax number: 212-724-5748
School email: [email protected]
Subway: 1 to 66th St-Lincoln Center; 2, 3 to 72nd St; A, C, B, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Bus: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72, X12, X14, X30, X42

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Successful completion of graduation requirements, studio coursework, and exams lead to the Chancellor's Arts Endorsement on the High School diploma.

Students have a daily schedule that includes both a multi-period conservatory program and a full college preparatory academic course load.

Each studio has a four-year sequence of courses and opportunities for students to participate in performances or exhibitions.

There are over 40 performances each year and over 24 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students may gain college credit while still in high school.

First and only New York State approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in Technical Theater.

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