Special Programs

A Tradition of Excellence in Academic and Arts Education

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts enjoys an international reputation as the first and foremost high school dedicated to nurturing students gifted in the arts. LaGuardia Arts continues to be the model for schools of the arts throughout the world because we provide a uniquely balanced educational experience that includes both rigorous conservatory-style training and a challenging, comprehensive college-preparatory academic program. Our conservatory programs are: Art, Dance, Drama, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Technical Theater.

The LaGuardia Arts heritage dates back to 1936, when Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia established a school to serve as a haven for students gifted in the arts. The present LaGuardia Arts was created by the consolidation of two illustrious schools: The High School of Music and Art and The School of Performing Arts (the "Fame" school). In 1984, we moved to the state-of-the-art building at Lincoln Center that was designed especially for us and provides world-class facilities, including: a 1,150-seat concert hall; a 450-seat theater; a 150-seat black-box theater; dance and instrumental studios; a recording studio; an art gallery; and science and computer laboratories.

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