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Fiorello H Laguardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts

Public | 9-12 | 2604 students

 

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2011:
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Posted May 16, 2014

The school days are long and suck the life out of me. I'm not sure how it was in the past, but now most people have schedules from 8:00 am to 4:10 pm. Three periods of art is tiring and has made me lose interest in the arts. Art majors get barely any attention and little to no care. The funding goes to drama majors. The academic classes are a joke. Some teachers are great but some are just terrible. Each class usually teaches directly from the textbook and never teaches anything that would deepen our understanding. I have a 98 average and have done basically no work all year. There are many kids that think that, just by wearing some generic clothes from Urban Outfitters, they are extremely artsy. So many kids smoke and do drugs it is ridiculous. There are some great kids, but there are also so many pretentious, rich, priviledged kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2014

This school is absolutely amazing! They have brought together the most brilliant and talented minds all under one roof!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

Its pretty good. A lot of the kids do drugs, smoke and drink though. Its a crazy party school and a lot of kids ruin there lives here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2013

My school is LaGuardia. I really love the teachers here. They're so kind and understanding. I think that this school could improve by shortening school hours or getting escalators that go down.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2013

It's a huge school but it's great! It has good academics (just watch out for some teachers) especially because it's still a Specialized High School. And obviously, it has great arts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2013

Overrated school, but still has it's charm here and there. I would encourage everyone to find out how long it takes to get to this school and back - you'll most likely have at least one year where you have a 10 period day, from 8:00 am to 4:10 pm. Getting home at 6:00 or even 5:30, while having an hour and a half of homework, is draining. I can only speak for art students, so for them I'll say you'll only get to the fun stuff your junior and senior year. As for the academics, they're pretty good. Like in every school, there's going to be a few teachers that just don't know what they're doing, but don't worry, you can always transfer out of those classes at the beginning of the year. As for making friends, there's no real "cliques" or anything like that, but...it still can definitely make you feel left out, if you don't know where to look. All in all, remember it's just a school - nothing to get too amped up about.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2013

As a parent of a freshman - I was concerned about my daughter coming from a small JHS and going into this very massive HS. To my surprise, she adjusted well. She is still shy in making new friends; hopefully this will come with time. She is enjoying LAG immensely, and loves the idea of being able to do what she loves (sing) and be academically challenged at the same time. Looking forward to her sophomore year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2012

My daughter loves this school. She came from Poland and her dream was to attend LaGuardia High School. Now she is a freshman and really loves this school and everything associated with it. She met wonderful teachers who inspire her and encourage her to work :) She has a lot of great friends who support her and are willing to help. She now likes to learn, she has a purpose in her life and it makes me very happy. Although being both academic and artistic is very hard for students to maintain. However, as my daughter says: "This school is worth it" :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

My son is a senior in the Drama Studio at LaGuardia, and it's been a great experience for him, both in terms of the quality of the arts instruction and the academics, which have become much more rigorous during the tenure of the current principal, Ms. Bruno. Last night I attended an awards ceremony for my son's AP Environmental Science teacher, who won a coveted Sloan Foundation Award for excellence in teaching science. Tonight my son is at rehearsal for the annual musical which every year is near-Broadway quality, and presented in a theater that seats 1,100. Even if he successfully pursues an acting career, he may not get the chance to perform on such a stage again. And we really love the kids. They're great -- smart, funny, fun, creative, and very supportive of each other. The school communicates effectively with parents via a weekly newsletter which is chock full of info and written with a dash of humor (thanks, Dr. Stricklin!). And studios have monthly meetings for parents that back up to the more general PA meetings. We feel so lucky that our son had the opportunity to go to LaGuardia. He's gained so much from it over the course of his 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

I have now been a LaGuardia parent for 7 years now and am still THRILLED with the way this school develops the whole student. This is due to an extremely caring staff! We were just devistated by the hurricane, yet the Guidance and tchrs have gone out of their way to give my daughter a place to belong and the help she needs as the rest of her life washed away. Although being both academic and artisitc is VERY difficult for students to maintain (don't think it will be easy), this develops the BEST kind of person. I wouldn't trade LaGuardia for any school in NYC!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2012

Feel I must respond to the bitter assessment of LaGuardia posted below. There is no one school in the world that is perfect, and that fulfills every students every need. There will always be the good and the bad of everything. That said, I feel strongly that for my son, LaGuardia was a magnificent place to spend high school. He was challenged, and was asked to challenge himself. Self- responsibility Is required at this school, and though for some kids it might be slow in coming, it is continually emphasized by most teachers and the curriculum. It seems, that for students who are self-motivated, there is a huge menu to choose from. It is a school that has large focus and intense nurturing of the Arts ( hence the name), but based on the number of graduates who have gone on to highly competitive and exclusive colleges, and thrived, in areas that are not all Arts related, I would say the school is doing something right. I can't think of a school that would have been better for my son - and he seems to be thriving now in his Freshman year of college. Clearly, the balancing act required by the full full schedule at LaGuardia is not for everyone, but it was a gift for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

Both of my daughters attended LaGuardia; one is now in college and the other will graduate this year. They are very different people with different interests; yet both thrived at this school. The students at LaGuardia are bright , creative, passionate and very supportive of each other. The Principal and the teachers are very dedicated. In spite of continual budget cuts, they manage to provide the students with a fine education in the academic subjects as well as the arts. The parents are very involved, and work hard to help support the different programs. It is a wonderful community - one that I, and my family, are very proud to be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

In response to the last review, the school DID NOT email parents anything about the survey. The Parents Association sent a letter that urged the parents to complete the survey. In addition the Parents Association informed all parents of the procedures to communicate with the school if they believed they had an issue that needed to be addressed. I was on the committee that wrote and distributed that letter. There are well-defined channels to deal with any issue, which include contacting a teacher, Assistant Principal, Guidance Counselor or even the Principal with your concerns. As a parent I am ecstatic that my child has the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the LaGuardia Arts High School community and has the excellent education in both academic subjects and the training in her chosen Music Studio. LaGuardia is not just a good school it is a GREAT school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

TERRIBLE SCHOOL!!! This school is not what you think it is. The academics in this school are horrific, and the school even sent me an email when the time of evaluating the school came, and told us to 'support the school' and if we had any complications, keep it to yourself or tell the main office personally. This was so the school can receive more funding. Math and English department lack severely, History being 7/10 and the best department. Teachers seem to have communication issues, or emotional problems, and can never connect with the child. My daughter recieved a 77 in Chemistry, but during PTC the teacher quickly rushed us in and out in less than a minute, saying that my daughter was top student in that class, as she barely passed other kids ( 60's ). I don't understand how you can allow your students to stay with such low grades and pass it off as you're just a harsh grader who teaches a mandatory curriculum. It's all BS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

My daughter graduated and my son is a currently a student. The kids are great and free spirited. The teachers are overburdened, and have very short class times (43 or so minutes to teach) for the most part with a few exceptions. There are a lot of AP's but they are very competitive to get into because of budget cuts. The day is crazy long - kids have lunch when it fits into their schedule (can be 10:30 or 2:30). Kids need to be hardy and very motivated to succeed here. Even if they are, they will be very tired by the end of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2012

I didn't get in for fine arts which is okay because they don't really matter that much here but I'm glad im not going I'll miss my passion for the arts


Posted February 26, 2012

After graduating from a JK-8 Manhattan private school, my son was very happy at LaGuardia. Everything about the school - teachers, students, academics, culture, opportunities, environment - was way beyond expectations. For kids with smarts, integrity, talent, focus and drive -- this is an excellent choice. My son is now at a top conservatory. And as alum parents, we continue to attend the incredible performances at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

I actually missed the auditions for this school, and I really want to find a way to audition before my sophmore year. I do attend another perfoming arts highschool but it is waaaaayy tooooo focused on academics and I only get ONE period of my major - which is DRAMA and I feel like the school is not focusing enough on the art...Does anyone know if it's possible for me to audition? :/ Help please!


Posted June 28, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

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.


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

567 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

627 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

780 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

699 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

701 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

579 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

167 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

668 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
African American74%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant82%

Earth Science

All Students96%
Female96%
Male93%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

English

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities80%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Geometry

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities80%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Global History and Geography

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities100%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Integrated Algebra

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities80%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Living Environment

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Physics

All Students85%
Female84%
Male91%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

U.S. History and Government

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
African American99%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic99%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities100%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 49% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 20% 9%
Hispanic 2 17% 23%
Black 2 13% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 228%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 72%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 3386 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents94336%
Students237489%
Teachers6950%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. KIM BRUNO

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Arts all
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Busses - M10, M104, M11, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72. Subways - A, B, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle; 1 to 66th St - Lincoln Center; 2, 3 to 72nd St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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100 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
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Phone: (212) 496-0700

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