What are the admissions criteria? Am I eligible to attend? (ADM1)
Acceptance to LaGuardia Arts is based on a competitive audition and review of student records to ensure success in both the demanding studio work and the challenging academic programs. Students who are New York City residents in the 8th or 9th grade are eligible to audition.
Does a student have to live in New York City to attend LaGuardia Arts? (ADM2)
Only NYC residents are eligible to attend LaGuardia Arts. In addition, a student must be living in NYC at the time of the audition.
My family just recently moved to NYC. Am I eligible to attend? (ADM3)
LaGuardia Arts admits students entering 9th or 10th grade at the beginning of the school year only, and students typically audition in November or December for the following school year.. Families who move to NYC after our audition process but prior to September may be eligible to audition. Please notify the Borough Enrollment Center at the time of your initial school placement to determine eligibility.
How may I take a tour of LaGuardia Arts? (ADM4)
Many of our performances are open to the public, and people get a feel of the school by visiting our performance spaces. An Open House is held for accepted students each March. Unfortunately we are not able to provide tours of our school.
How do I arrange an audition? (ADM5)
In September of the 8th or 9th grade, students should apply by informing their current guidance counselor of their decision to audition and the studio(s) that they wish to audition for. The guidance counselor will enter the information into the computer system and generate an admission ticket for the appropriate audition(s). Audition dates are determined by the location of the school a student is currently attending. There is no way to apply for an audition by contacting LaGuardia directly.
How much does it cost to attend? (ADM6)
LaGuardia Arts is a New York City public school, and there is no cost to attend; however, students are responsible for certain studio-specific expenses/purchases. For example, Dance students must provide their own dance shoes and rehearsal clothes; Instrumental students must provide their own instrument; Art students must provide their art supplies. Limited financial assistance may be provided in certain circumstances.
Do you accept students living out of state or in a foreign country? (ADM7)
Due to our residency requirements that a student must be a resident of the City of New York, we do not audition or accept students living out of state or in a foreign country.
Can you send me information about your school? (ADM8)
All information about LaGuardia Arts can be found on our website. We do not mail information. We suggest you look at the following:
When is your Open House? (ADM9)
We do not hold an Open House prior to our audition process; however, many of our performances are open to the public, and people get a feel of the school by visiting our performance spaces.
Students who are accepted to LaGuardia Arts for the following school year will be invited to attend an Open House in March. Students and families will be able to visit our different studios and academic classrooms on a self-guided tour. No matter what time you arrive, you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of Demonstrations or Question & Answer sessions.
What is the student required to bring to the audition?
All applicants are to bring the following to each audition:
Copies of the previous year’s final report card and/or transcript for each studio program
Audition ticket (see current school’s guidance counselor)
Items required by studios (see studio requirements)
Are students admitted solely on the basis of their audition?
No. The audition is only one criterion. Student academic records are also reviewed. Please note: For each audition, every applicant must submit a copy of the previous year’s final report card and/or transcript.
How will I know if I have been accepted to LaGuardia Arts?
Students will be officially contacted through their current school’s guidance counselor. This generally takes place in February on a date established by the DOE. Your child’s current guidance counselor will be able to provide the information when available. Please do not call LaGuardia Arts to inquire about individual results.
May parents accompany their children to the audition?
Yes. Parents may accompany their children to the high school but cannot observe the actual audition. There is limited waiting area for parents. It is recommended that parents plan an activity in the area because the audition process requires approximately 3 hours.
How long will the audition last?
Each audition takes approximately 3 hours to complete. If possible, students should arrange to call a phone number informing the parents that the audition is complete.
May students audition for more than one studio major? (AUD6)
Yes. Students may audition for more than one studio. We recommend that the student bring a lunch if planning two auditions in one day. A student applying to more than two studios must audition on two separate days because a maximum of two auditions may be taken any one day.
If a student in not accepted in the 8th grade, can the audition be taken again in the 9th grade?
Yes. We do admit students in the 10th grade, but fewer openings are available. It is not possible to apply for admission into the 11th or 12th grades. Please note: There is no February admission.
What happens if a student is accepted into more than one studio major?
Students must choose one; there are no dual majors.
Are students allowed to change studio majors?
Yes, 9th grade students are allowed to change studio major. However,
acceptance into a different studio requires passing another audition
for that studio.
Whom may I contact if there’s a question about the audition process?
Call the Admissions Office at (212) 496-0700 Ext. 2201
Click here for more audition information.
How can I request my username and password for Naviance?
If you misplaced your username and/or password, you may retrieve this information by calling or stopping by the College Office.
How can I request a copy of my transcript?
For Current Students: Each Fall, a copy of your transcript is distributed through your homeroom. If you need a copy for college applications, you may make this request online via Naviance. For scholarships, submit your completed scholarship application with an addressed envelop to Ms. Marte, at least one week before it is due.
For Graduates: Click here to download transcript information.
How can I find out more about the college process?
We have a lot of helpful information right here on our website and many resources available through Naviance.
What are the PSAT’s and what are they used for?
The PSAT is designed to give students an estimate of how they will score on the real SAT Reasoning Test. The PSAT is shorter, but similar in content and approach. It is offered in October, free of charge, for Sophomores and Juniors. In the Junior year, this test is also used to award National Merit Scholarships.
What is the difference between the SAT and the ACT?
The ACT test is more content-based than the SAT. The ACT more closely reflects core curriculum taught in high school classes. The ACT also has a science reasoning section and includes trigonometry in the Math section, while the SAT does not. Both the SAT and ACT are long exams and will last approximately 3 1/2 hours. The ACT has an optional writing section. We recommend you take this portion of the exam, as most colleges will require this score.
Does the SAT have score choice?
This new policy gives students the option to send SAT scores by test date in accordance with a particular college’s score-use practice. Score Choice is optional, and if students choose not to use it, all scores are sent automatically. Review each respective college’s website for their policy.
What is the Common Application?
Colleges and universities have worked together to develop and distribute a Common Application. Colleges “join” this effort and their membership means they accept the Common Application and commit to considering it equally to their own specific application form. Students can fill out the Common Application and submit it multiple times to a number of schools. Students can even tailor their essay to individual schools using the Common Application.
What is the difference between a Conservatory education vs. a liberal arts education?
In a Conservatory, you may earn a BFA degree (Bachelors of Fine Arts), which means the majority of your studies will be within your chosen art form. This is referred to as a “professional undergraduate degree.” Compare this to a liberal arts degree, BA or BS, (Bachelors of Art or Science), where your studies are more broad.
What is the key to being successful in the college process?
If you do these two things, you will be successful: stay organized and follow deadlines. Although procrastination is tempting, it causes unnecessary stress and may lead to undesirable consequences.
What is the difference between ED (Early Decision) and EA (Early Action)?
Early Decision is binding. This should only be used if you found a college that is overwhelmingly your first choice. If accepted, you must attend your Early Decision college. Early Action is not binding. This will give you the opportunity to apply early (usually November 1 or 15), and you will be notified mid-December regarding your admission. You are not obligated to attend. Research each school’s application policy as schools differ in deadlines and restrictions.
How do I order transcripts? (GEN1)
Click here to download transcript information.
How do I get tickets to events at LaGuardia Arts? (GEN2)
Tickets are generally available immediately prior to a performance at the Box Office and are for General Admission. For certain performances, such as our Annual Musical, Spring Drama Festival, and Opera, reserved seat tickets may be purchased on line. All information regarding tickets sales is posted on our Home Page.
Are your facilities available to outside organizations or to rent? (GEN3)
Due to our performance calendar and production schedule, our facilities are often unavailable to outside organizations. All building permits are handled through Mr. John Sommers, Assistant Principal, Organization. You may reach him at JSommer@schools.nyc.gov.
I am interested in teaching at LaGuardia Arts. To whom do I send my resume? (EMP1)
Send all resumes and letters of intent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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