However, due to the Calandra-Hecht Bill, acceptance is also based on academic criteria that have nothing to do with the arts. After passing competitive examinations in their chosen arts and then an audition, where multiple evaluators judge the students, applicants must also illustrate excellent academic achievement. Students can only be considered if they reach the Department of Education’s academic policy of having satisfactory grades in every core class as well as 90% or higher attendance. Students in both eighth and ninth grade who fulfil these requirements may apply to LaGuardia.
Students can audition for dance, drama, instrumental music, fine arts, technical theatre, and vocal music, and an open house is held each March for accepted students before the specialized high school acceptance deadline.
The audition process takes about four hours for each studio. Students can audition for two studios per day if they so choose.