The audition or portfolio is essential. Those who get accepted are accepted for one main reason; they have talent. Sure, admission is based on the audition followed by an academic screening test – but talent opens the door. For, while the pace is grueling, the teachers demanding, and the competition never ending, at least the tuition is free.
As part of the school system of New York City, the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, La Guardia High School, as its known to the natives provides 2400 students with lessons in drama, dance, voice and instrumental music.
La Guardia is the Fame school, where teenagers pay their dues through a rigorous schedule, combining professional level conservatory style arts training with college preparatory academics in a 50/50 mix.
La Guardia is the first government funded school for the arts in the United States and is a model for schools in the United Kingdom such as the Brit School in Croydon and the Liverpool School For the Performing Arts founded by Paul McCartney.
It all started in 1936 when mayor La Guardia founded the High School of Music and Art which later merged with the School of Performing Arts.
In 1984, the school moved into its own nine story building in the Lincoln Center district of Manhattan. The school was an answer to a twenty year promise from the City's school board for a state-of-the-art facility, it houses a 1,100-seat concert hall and a 500-seat theatre.
The unique mission of Firello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts ("LaGuardia Arts") is to provide students gifted in the arts with the opportunity to pursue both vigorous conservatory-style training and a challenging college-preparatory program. To fulfill our mission, LaGuardia Ats students complete a dual program consisting of their chosen studio major (Art, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Technical Theatre, and Vocal Music) and a comprehensive academic program.
The first and foremost high school dedicated to nurturing students talented in the arts, LaGuardia Arts' heritage and tradition go back nearly 70 years, when Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia established a school to serve as a haven for students gifted in the arts. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the creation of LaGuardia Arts by the consolidation of the two illustrious schools: the High School of Music and Art and the School of Performing Arts (the "Fame" school).
Our state-of-the art building at Lincoln Center was designed especially for LaGuardia Arts and includes a world-class theatre, concert hall, dance and art studios and complete academic facilities with full science laboratories and computed facilities. While LaGuardia Arts students have a full school day with a full academic program and three or four periods of studio classes daily, their education extends beyond the school day and building. Students participate in a wealth of events that include Art Exhbits, Drama Festivals, Orchestral and Vocal Concerts and Dance Programs. In addition, LaGuardia Arts students are invited to participate in many special events and performances throughtout the metropilitan area.
Because of out history of success developing the special talents of its students through professional training and academic preparation LaGuardia Arts continues to serve as a model for new schools of the arts throughout the world.
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