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Chancellor Walcott and Elected Officials Cut the Ribbon on the New Addition to Middle College High School and International High School at LaGuardia Community College


The Van Dam Street addition includes science labs and prep areas

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and elected officials today officially cut the ribbon on a new addition for the Middle College High School and International High School at LaGuardia College in Long Island City. The $27.8 million addition includes two science labs, a science prep room and a demonstration room and 820 seats. It is a two-story building that has an exterior courtyard and is wheelchair accessible with central air conditioning. The addition also includes an art room and a computer room and administrative offices. This is the first time both schools will share the same building and remain separate schools. Previously, International High School leased rooms from LaGuardia College. Chancellor Walcott was joined at the ribbon cutting by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Middle College High School Principal Linda Siegmund and International High School Principal John Starkey.

“The addition offers students state-of-the-art science rooms and labs and an art room that will help them hone their skills and develop their interests,” Chancellor Walcott said. “What they learn here will help them be competitive as they prepare for college and careers.”

“Middle College High School and The International High School at LaGuardia Community College represents one of the finest academic opportunities that New York City has to offer to its students,” said Assemblywoman Nolan. “With a track record for not only helping at-risk students, but also giving students access to both a high school degree and a two year college degree, it is clear that these schools have a lot to offer to its students. I want to thank the Department of Education and Chancellor Walcott for this wonderful expansion and commend Middle College High School, the International High School and LaGuardia Community College for the great work they are doing.”

“The improvements that have been made to the Middle College High School campus will greatly enhance the educational experience of students attending both schools, giving them access to much-needed academic resources,” said Congresswoman Maloney. As a former educator, I know the quality of a student’s educational environment can have a great impact on academic success.  And I know that the best jobs program is a great education.”

“LaGuardia's partnership with Chancellor Walcott and the Department of Education opens the doors of higher education to high school students so they get the academic preparation and support to be able to succeed at college,” said Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College. “The new facilities for Middle College High School and International High School will give these students new learning opportunities and strengthens our mission to help all New Yorkers see a bigger world with more choices and opportunities.”

“The construction followed our green school design to ensure that sustainable material was used in a manner that protects our natural resources,” said Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm. “For example, the central air conditioning is monitored regularly to ensure it is run efficiently.”

“The addition includes 10 standard size classrooms for the school,” said SCA President Lorraine Grillo. “It also includes a suite for guidance counselors.”

In a joint statement, Principals Starkey and Siegmund said, “Middle College and International High Schools at LaGuardia Community College are proud to announce the union of our two institutions in our newly constructed building at 45-35 Van Dam Street in Long Island City. Our two schools have a long-standing relationship, since our inception, and the common bond we share serving our respective populations within our Early College program at LaGuardia Community College.”

“It is important that classrooms provide our students with a hospitable environment that is conducive to learning,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “Moving the International High School into proper classrooms in Middle College High School will make our more vulnerable students feel more welcome, give them the opportunity to directly access college-preparatory classes and boost their confidence as they continue their education.”