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. In September of the 8th or 9th grade, your child should inform his/her guidance counselor of his/her decision so that an admission ticket can be issued for the appropriate audition(s).
An Open House is held for accepted students each March, prior to the Specialized High School acceptance deadline. 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 may audition for the following studios: Art, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Technical Theatre, and/or Vocal Music.
Students come from all five boroughs and reflect the diverse racial and cultural composition of New York City. Our Application and Audition Process is organized into three sections:
Auditions require preparation. Here you will find links to the specific studio Requirements and FAQs.
Dates are scheduled according to the borough in which your school is located, not where you live, and by the first letter of the student's last name. All Audition ending times are approximate and vary according to the Studio.
Please review the Audition Process Frequently Asked Questions section.