Audition Overview

Adjusted Audition Process Due to COVID-19 Safety Concerns

The audition process for Fall 2020 Auditions will be adjusted due to COVID-19 safety concerns.  We are committed to providing an equitable, safe process.  The adjusted process will have students submit their audition online.  Applicants will not come to LaGuardia Arts for their audition.  The audition will be a modified version of our regular process.  The process will be announced once finalized.

Students may prepare  for the audition before the final process is announced.  The adjusted process will include parts of our regular process.  Students should read the Audition Preparation section for each studio.  Some testing items will be eliminated for the Adjusted Audition Process.

Applying to LaGuardia Arts

Acceptance to LaGuardia Arts is based on the NYS Calandra-Hecht Bill.

Only New York City residents who are in the 8th or 9th grade are eligible to audition.  There are no exceptions.  A child's current guidance counselor can assist with the application process.  Families may also apply via​​​​​​​.

LaGuardia Arts offers  Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Fine Arts, Technical Theatre, and Vocal Music.  Students may audition for as many programs as they feel qualified for.

Applicants are required to pass competitive examinations.  All applicants must meet the academic threshold in order for their audition to be considered.  Then, candidates will be extended offers in the order of their audition score. For example, those who score 100% on the audition will receive offers first, followed by those who scored 99%.  This process is followed until all seats for a specific program are filled.

Applicants are required to present evidence of satisfactory achievement.  The previous year's core subject final grades must meet the DOE Academic Policy's definition of Satisfactory.  They must also not being chronically absent according to DOE policy. 

Families are asked on to double-check their records and ensure extenuating circumstances are noted.  


Audition Process

Auditions require preparation. In the APPLY section, please review specific studio Requirements and FAQs.  For a summary of our studio programs, audition preparation, and audition, click here to view the audition overview.

Audition Schedule

Dates are scheduled by the NYCDOE, as much as possible according to the borough in which your school is located, not where you live, and by the first letter of the student’s last name. All Audition ending times are approximate and vary according to the Studio.

Application/Audition Process FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the  Frequently Asked Questions section for each studio.

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