The reputation of this school in the performing arts is excellent and the audition process to get in is highly competitive. The facilities and faculty in the performing and graphic arts are tops. The honors programs at the school are also very academically excellent. My daughter has had excellent teachers who have always challenged her and demanded much of her academically. The principal, Kim Bruno, is a recognized leader in arts education as evidenced by recent articles in the Los Angeles Times about how that city is trying very hard to lure her away to be the principal of their new flagship arts school. There is a very active parents group which raised over $300,000 last year and an active alumni association with a full time executive director with a substantial endowment. The negative side is that as a large school there is not much personal attention outside of the classroom. Parent teacher conferences are very brief and difficult to coordinate on the two assigned dates each year. The college counselor is very good but is spread very thinly over a large graduating class. But we were able to complete the college admissions process with results we were pleased with.
Wow! Igraduated from M & A 35 years ago today when we were still located on the "hill". Some of the current students comments were very insightful, while other comments sadden me. Yes, we were all artist and artistic in our own ways and that is what created our community back then. Graduating during America's bicentinnel made it an exicting year as I was a vocal major and performed quite frequently that year. With regards to the academic curriculum, at that time it was top notch. Not only did I graduate from M & A, my sister did. In fact that is where she met her husband of 41 years, as he attended the school also. Even my brother-in-law's sister graduated from M & A as well. We all received fine training and an excellent education and became productive citizens.
I'm currently a freshman, and I can honestly say after this year that I'm not interested in LaGuardia anymore. As someone said before, art has become a chore. Although my artwork has improved greatly, it isn't as fun and too technical. My classes aren't necessarily hard, but the time management is. I go in at 8 and get out at 3:15 or 2:30 every day, and it's draining and I have no time to balance homework, studying and sleep. Many of my teachers teach directly from the textbook, teach terribly and don't know what they're talking about. I travel from the southernmost part of Brooklyn. I feel like most of the kids here are full of themselves because they're in an "art" school and act very artificial. This may be in any high school but here it's amplified due to the studios. If you're not at least somewhat "hipster", you just don't quite fit in. I'm so sick of waking up at 5am and getting home at 5pm every day. I wish I had never come. I give it 3 stars because many others succeed here - just not me.
LaGuardia offers excellent arts programs, but their academics are a joke. I graduated with below-Sophomore math classes, which has hurt my academic progress in college. Students do not get free periods; they take more art to fill those gaps, so if you attend LaGuardia, expect to be there from 8AM-3PM for four years. The teachers- paticularly art teachers- have experience in their field, and expect professional work. The students are a bit eccentric (they *are* artists, after all), and come from all backgrounds and areas of the city. Having 3-4 art classes a day became a chore. I didn't draw or paint anything for ten years after graduation. So, even though LaGuardia may have made me a better artist, it also made me despise art- the one thing I had always loved. It is located between a housing project and Martin Luther King High School. Just because Lincoln Center happens to be there doesn't make it a particularly safe neighborhood, particularly for transgendered and homosexual students. However, once they enter the LaGuardia building, they are accepted and safe. Overall, its a safe school (except for the mold in the air vents), and generally better than a zoned school would be.
This is my first year. I'm happy enough, but I often feel as thought the school is draining the life and creativity out of me. The day is extremely long. the teachers are good, as are the academic programs. the classes aren't very challenging but school has never ben challenging for me. I don't really agree with the message: there is no community in this school. If you have a true passion for your major i don't know if it's the school for you. Doing art has become a chore, when it becomes school, it stops being fun.
I go here as a Vocal Major & I gotta say that LaGuardia is absolutely amazing. Students & teachers here are so loving & caring. Even though it's a performing arts high school, it IS a specialized school and they really care about your schoolwork. It isnt all fun & games like some people think. Its hard work but it is amazing.
Although there aren't cliques per se, the majors are pretty separated. The academics are just average. If you're the average student, you'll manage here just fine. The day is LONG, especially if you're a sophomore or a freshman, as you need to get all your years of math or whatever done. There are lots of floors and even though there are escalators, there's always at least one that doesn't work and they're constantly breaking. sure, everyone here is talented, but not extraordinary. It's a little overrated. A few of the teachers aren't too...well..."educated". But I still love the diversity of students and how it's an art school. The glamor sure wears off after awhile, though.
I want to go here sooooo badly..didnt nicki minaj go here???!!!:@SDSADFWERGERGFDbwsjgbergbregberigb sorry random ^.^ ya......i need to get to highschool first lol. and i would have to move to new york since i am in the state below but i use to live in ny...moved actually a couple dayz agol. ILY QUEENZ!1
I love this school. I'm only a freshman, but I love all my classes. Since I have almost all my classes with different people, it's very easy to expose yourself to others and make new friends. Some of my teachers are a little eccentric, but most of them are amazing and manage to make me laugh during their lessons, yet still get all our work done. My only complaints are the fact that there are so many floors. We do have escalators, yes, but sometimes some of them won't be running, which is a bit of a hassle since my first class is on the top floor. Another issue I have is also a love-I'm constantly moving. This makes it easier for me to handle my ADHD, since I don't have to sit as still for as long as I did at my old school. It's a long school day though (from 8 to 3:40) so as soon as I get home, I can't really collapse and relax-I have to get started on my homework, which there is typically 1-2 hours of, depending on your classes.
This school provides a top notch academic environment in addition to allowing the kids to express themselves creatively. The drama program is immaculate-small studio-really focused on developing on stage performance skills. Dance studio is small studio - mostly classical dance - should incorporate hip hop and other forms of dance as expression. Vocal studio is the largest studio - not as focused as I would have liked, but has definitely helped my daughter increase her vocal ability. Vocal should incorporate more forms (ie. gospel, pop, r&b, rock) - it is mostly classical, broadway, opera oriented. Having said all of that, I believe it is one of the best performance high schools in the country. This school exudes excellence and it is a blessing to all who are fortunate to be accepted.
The students are really happy, everyone loves our school. Laguardia FTW!
It is a horribly overrated school. Look at how unhappy so many students are.
Great Music and academic program.Caring and amazing teachers. It is the FAME school!!
I love the idea of recruiting genius in the fields of music & art as well as the 'harder' subjects. As it turns out, there is a high correlation between gifted artists and the overall brilliant student.
This school bonds across the ages, Artists are a special Breed, creativity grows exponentially within each person because of the training and skill honed to a fine exquisite Gem here
This is one of the best high schools out there. We not only get taught academics but also the different arts . Everyone in the school is very friendly and so are the teachers. No one makes you feel out of place and the teachers are great at helping you out. LaGuardia is the best!
There's no other option like this in NYC (or in surrounding areas that I'm aware of), public OR private, that is as dedicated to fostering the creative/intellectual energy of its' students as this one. A school as culturally and creatively diverse as this, is as essential to the core of the soul of NYC, as it is to the core of this country as a whole.
Both our kids went there. A well rounded curriculum on top of a great education in the arts. Love the school.
LAG is a wondwerful school for performers and those who want to work in the arts, it is also a good place to be creative as well as get a well rounded education.
Because it is one of the best high schools devoted to teaching the arts~
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