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Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts is a public school in New York City, New York. It has 2,604 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 99% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 607 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

100 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 496-0700

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3.6 from 607 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Overall, as an incoming sophomore transfer student I had a great time at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. I enjoyed taking art electives, some of my teachers, the athletics, and some of the classes.
    • High School Senior
    • 1
    Food: The food at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts is appalling. The choices are grim, and often consist of either a soggy peanut butter sandwich or the daily, soggy vegetables and mystery meat. The salad bar is never fresh but rather contains plastic like lettuce, pickles, canned corn, canned string beans, and day old (hopefully not longer) grainy tomato slices. The snacks in the vending machines are just a little better and at least we know that there probably wont be hair in the packaged food. The lunchrooms in general are often overly crowed, the garbage system not actually separated, and the tables and floors littered.
    • High School Senior
    • 1
    Administration & Policies: The administration & policies at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts are not equal, and can often be biased. The "dean" who stays at the front of the school in the morning is friends with some students and allow them to enter with phones, headphones, and drinks, but others who aren't buddies with him have their phones taken away, their drinks thrown out, and their id's confiscated. It's unfair. Further, the principal administration is appalling. The principal, Dr. Lisa Mars, watched as I gasped for air asking for my inhaler and then walked away.
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Sports & Fitness: Overall I find the sports & fitness at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts to be in bad shape. The equipment provided is mostly for boys (baseballs, boy basketballs, etc), and they are all in terrible, raggedy shape. The gym itself is falling apart. The ropes that are meant to be used to climb up are covered in dust and tearing apart, there are air pockets in the floor which, as the Senior Girls Basketball Captain, can verify that it calls for it to be really hard to play on it. Further, the weight room has beat up, and outdated equipment that are often impossible to use, and it is also very cramped for the amount of students that are meant to take the class.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: It honestly depends on the teacher. There are some teachers that are horrible at listening to their students, give us no respect, and don't care whether we have learned, and understood the topic before we move on. However there are some teachers that care the absolute utmost for their students. They check up on us, asking whether we understood the topic or not, and don't treat us like we're stupid. Further, some teachers even know when something is wrong whether it be social life or home life and go out of their way to help us.

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 73%
Male 26%

Student Diversity

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts United States Art & Design High School High School for Environmental Studies High School of Graphic Communication Arts Memorial High School The High School of Fashion Industries
White 49.0% 51.6% 13.0% 11.0% 2.0% 2.0% 4.0%
Asian 19.0% 4.7% 8.0% 16.0% 3.0% 0% 3.0%
Hispanic 16.0% 24.5% 51.0% 57.0% 63.0% 95.0% 52.0%
African American 13.0% 15.2% 25.0% 14.0% 30.0% 1.0% 39.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.6% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 25.5%
Grade 10 27.1%
Grade 11 26.0%
Grade 12 21.4%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 57 responses

  • 82% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 5% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 23% Helps you admire art while working academically
  • 19% Forces you to work hard
  • 17% It builds character and prepares you for college
  • 13% Helps you learn how to handle fun and work
  • 13% The shows
  • 11% Teaches you how to deal with with unhelpful staff
  • 5% Allows you to have multiple periods of your studio

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 37 responses

  • 22% Some teachers are still around who should be fired
  • 22% Boy to girl ratio
  • 21% No outside lunch/free periods
  • 16% The bathrooms
  • 8% Some classes are incredibly overcrowded
  • 6% The fact that it's run like a penal institution
  • 4% Art department needs better funding
  • 2% Wish they had a boys swim team as well
  • 1% Music department needs better funding

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 41 responses

  • 46% It's an arts school- has music, tech, dance, drama
  • 27% It's a prestigious art school in all aspects
  • 17% All performing and visual arts are offered
  • 10% It's an arts school- has music, art, dance, drama

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 40 responses

  • 32% You can make it a great experience if you want to
  • 30% It's a life-changing experience but challenging
  • 22% It's unique in every single way.
  • 12% It shaped me into who I am today, I am so grateful
  • 2% Meh....

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 64% Learn how to balance and enjoy your work
  • 15% Be prepared to work hard
  • 8% Try to find a balance between music and academics
  • 8% Get ready to hire tutors.
  • 5% Be sure you are passionate and dedicated to arts

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 20% I love everything about this school.
  • 63% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 17% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.