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

Overview written by the school: 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: 99% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 95% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 88% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 92% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 89% 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: Fine and Visual Art
Code: M80J
Program description: The first two years comprise of training in traditional skills and disciplines, which include drawing, painting in water-based media, graphic design, and painting in oils and acrylics. After taking the core art courses, students take advanced courses in the subjects listed and with other elective offerings such as architecture, art history, ceramics, computer graphics, digital media, fashion illustration, mural painting, photography, print making, and sculpture. Applicants must bring a portfolio of 8-15 pieces of original artwork done in a variety of media. The artwork should be from observation, imagination, and memory, and labeled appropriately. Photographs-not originals-of three-dimensional (3D) works may be included. For the audition, applicants will be given three drawing assignments, including drawing the human figure from observation, drawing a still life from memory, and creating a drawing in color, based on imagination. All drawing materials for auditions will be supplied by the school at the audition.
Interest: Visual Art & Design
Method: Audition

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

Requirement 1: Course Grades: English (85-100), Math (85-100), Science (85-100), Social Studies (86-100)
Requirement 2: Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.7-4.5), Math (2.9-4.5)
Requirement 3: Academic information will be considered for students who successfully auditioned
Attendance and Punctuality
Written Response (On-Site)
Audition - Go to for information and dates
Audition with common components


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): No data
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: No data
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): No data
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 2760
Start time: 8am
End time: 4pm

Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language and Culture, AP Human Geography, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Japanese Language and Culture, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern

Specialized: 1

School accessibility description: Partially Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Lincoln Square
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square

School Number: M485

Community board: 107
Council district: 6
Census tract: 151
BIN: 1030341
BBL: 1011560030

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


Latitude: 40.773629
Longitude: -73.985273
Phone number: 212-496-0700
Fax number: 212-724-5748
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: 1 to 66th St-Lincoln Center; 2, 3 to 72nd St; A, C, B, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Bus lines near the school: 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 courses. Students may gain college credit while still in high school.

CTE program(s): Dance, Drama, Technical Theatre

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