Is LaGuardia right for you? LaGuardia is the performing arts specialized high school and the only specialized high school not to use the SHSAT as its sole admissions criteria. Students with a special interest in the arts are admitted based on the combination of auditions and academic performance. LaGuardia keeps its students extremely busy with both academics and arts.
Where: Auditions are held at LaGuardia High School on the Upper West Side.
Registration Deadline: October 15, 2015 (with school’s guidance counselor).
When: Your audition schedule depends on three things:
Which borough you live in
How many studios you are applying to
The first letter of your last name
For a complete schedule, click here. Auditions times range from October 31, 2015 to November 22, 2015. Note: regardless of where you live, all auditions are at LaGuardia High School.
What we know: The application process is based on your studio performance in addition to a review of your academic performance and attendance. Academic performance is evaluated on:
GPA (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies)
Standardized Test Scores for Math Levels: 2-4 and ELA Levels: 2-4
Your studio audition can be for any of the various studios offered at LaGuardia (dance, drama, fine art, instrumental music, technical theater, vocal music) and you may audition for multiple studios. Every audition is rated on a scale from 0-100. Laguardia looks favorably on audition scores from 80-100. More details about the different types of auditions can be found here. What to bring to the audition can be found here.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, standardized
test scores (the Regents) are far more important to LaGuardia admissions than talent in the music or arts.
The percentage breakdown, according to Insideschools, is:
44% - Standardized Tests (the Regents)
14% - Auditions
14% - Academic Average
14% - Attendance
14% - Punctuality
Note: The application process is open to both 8th graders and 9th graders.
Admissions: LaGuardia’s acceptance rates vary depending on what studio a student is applying to. In 2014, across all programs, 14,943 students auditioned for LaGuardia and 970 were presented offers to at least one studio. Last year, the dance program only accepted 60 of the over 2,500 applicants, a rate of 2.4%.
Campus tours: LaGuardia offers an open house for prospective families on March 12, 2015.http://bhsec.bard.edu/manhattan/admission/applying/, however it does not offer tours.