New York Post

The top NYC High Schools for Art and Performance Students

September 27, 2015 | 8:00am

by Post Staff

For the aspiring artist, the high schools that specialize in turning teens into stars.

Number 1.
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts

100 Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan


Admission: Audition or art portfolio, grades 80 to 100, test scores, attendance.

Enrollment: 2,730

Graduation rate: 97.3%

College ready: 91.4%

College enrollment: 79.6%

Taking SAT: 629
Average total SAT score: 1776

Taking AP tests: 1,074
AP pass rate: 76.7%

Near Lincoln Center, the acclaimed “Fame” school immortalized by a movie and Broadway show draws college-bound teens highly talented in the arts. Students take four periods a day in a specialty: visual art, vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama or technical theater. Last season’s student productions included eight sold-out shows of “In the Heights,” performances of “Sweeney Todd,” “Carousel,” “The Laramie Project,” seven gallery exhibits, dance performances and 28 concerts.

“The school is bustling with creative energy and artistic passion,” says  Principal Lisa Mars. The class of 2015 included a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and four Young Arts finalists. Instructors include pros from the Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera.

Many famous alums include Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston, Adrien Brody and Robert De Niro.