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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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" :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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