For Students


Naviance is the online system we use to provide students with college planning and career assessment tools. LaGuardia Administration has advised of a new Naviance Security Feature – If a student/parent has a valid email address in Naviance, they will be able to reset their own password. Students/ parents will receive an email with their temporary password to use to log in, and then will be required to reset their password to the new requirements.

Scott Loitherstein, Social Studies Teacher at LaGuardia!)
Be sure to check if you have a February 1 application deadline (that was yesterday!)
You will have to see your counselor if you need to add or delete schools.
Check the school’s website or call the admissions office if you have any questions about which admission type is offered there.

Remember, the Naviance does NOT inform LaGuardia staff about when you finish a new application to a school. You must ALWAYS update your recommendation writers when you finish a new application AFTER they have sent their recommendation letter, because your school will NOT GET your recommendation letter if your writers are not informed that you have completed a new application. For questions, see your guidance counselor.

YOU are responsible for sending your ACT and SAT scores.

SEND your applications as they are complete. Do NOT wait for your supporting documents (official transcripts, school profile, current courses, etc.) to be sent.

MAIL SCHOOLS are indicated on Naviance with a picture of a postage stamp. This is how supporting documents are sent from LaGuardia and not how you are applying. Please fill out envelopes with the schools’ addresses as well as your name, and drop them off to your guidance counselor. You will have to fill out envelopes for teacher recommenders as well.

If a school is on Common App, please go through Common App and Naviance. Do NOT go through the school’s website or any other site unless you have spoken with your counselor. Make sure schools are on your Common App and Naviance. Matching schools does not automatically do this for you, please check!

ESPECIALLY FOR JUNIORS (Thanks to Mr. Scott Loitherstein,
Social Studies Teacher at LaGuardia!)
Transcript Grades – Juniors, please remember your grades this year will be the first grades (and most important, but not the only grades) Colleges and Conservatories will see when you apply to them.
Remember, you should be finishing your Naviance personal profile on your own, and now is a great time to get it done before the second semester begins. You will start meeting with your guidance counselors this Feb/March to plan for the college application process and post-LaGuardia life.
Here’s a link to Science Honors Program at Columbia University for next school year:
Some basic info on college and life from NYC DOE: College and Career Planning

Guidance is working with Juniors to begin the college application process. An important element is the “All About Me” section on Naviance, which Guidance uses to become more familiar with each student. If your student has not yet completed the “All About Me” section, please encourage them to log in to Naviance and answer the questions.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Guidance Department will be presenting valuable information about the college search & application process to families of the Class of 2021 ! Join us in the Concert Hall!


On March 4th the SAT will be given to all Juniors and the PSAT 10 to all Sophomores. The NYCDOE pays for the test and the school will automatically register the students; the test is administered during the school day at LaGuardia. Please note that students will only be attending school if they are taking either the PSAT 10 or the SAT. There will be no classes on this day.


Please read on for additional information from our AF this week “How to Pay for College, Negotiating Your Financial Package.”

Please see The Savvy College Handout from our speaker Michael Terry and the FAFSA guide.

Sign up for Michael Terry’s Newsletter on Planning for College.

Big Future from the College Board – A search engine for colleges and their costs.



FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.
Go to: and

What you need to know to fill out the FAFSA – read online!

For families with current Juniors (and procrastinating Seniors), click here to view the Common Application 2019-2020 Essay Prompts.

Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.

This is a great NY Times article about writing your college essay.
How to Write a Good College Application Essay

Lists & Surveys

It’s important to find the right mix of colleges to which to apply – these lists may help – but as with everything, we recommend using multiple sources to build your student’s list.

Georgetown University – Center on Education & the Workforce
Using data from the expanded College Scorecard, this report ranks 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment. A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges finds that bachelor’s degrees from private colleges, on average, have higher ROI than degrees from public colleges 40 years after enrollment. Community colleges and many certificate programs have the highest returns in the short term, 10 years after enrollment, though returns from bachelor’s degrees eventually overtake those of most two-year credentials. Read more!

The Washington Post, November 14, 2019
Is college worth it? A Georgetown study measures return on investment – with some surprising results.

The Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2019
For Sale: SAT-Takers’ Names. Colleges Buy Student Data and Boost Exclusivity
The Princeton Review released “The Best 385 Colleges,” entirely based on students’ feedback
These are the best colleges in the US

The following colleges have shared their information with LaGuardia – You should reach out to a university to inquire about their pre-college offerings. To ensure you’re considered for summer programs apply by the deadline and inform your recommender(s) that you will need a recommendation!

Pratt Pre-College – Arts program during the school year on Saturdays
National Student Leadership Conference
SummerFuel – Pre college campuses: Oxford University, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, Tufts, Stanford University, Columbia University, Esade Barcelona. Language study in: Barcelona & Andalusia. MIT Design Lab
Boston University (Music)
Susquehanna University (Music)
Sacred Heart University
Columbia University
The Oxbow School (Arts) – Financial Aid Priority Deadline: February 1st 2020
California College of the Arts – Earn 3 college credits | Priority Deadline: March 30th
Brown University
Oxbridge Academic Programs – Study abroad offered
The New School
Fashion Institute of Technology
Baruch College

Every week during the school year we add to our list of amazing opportunities for your students – arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities – summer, year-round – there’s truly something for everyone! We’ll highlight the new ones here and then migrate them to the full list on our website.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

Each year, the NYC School Construction Authority offers a Summer Internship Program (“SIP”) for 125 college-bound NYC public high school students. SIP is designed to provide students with exposure to a wide range of careers within the public and private sectors. This is accomplished through a paid, six-week internship at the SCA or with one of our business partners throughout New York City. We seek to provide interns with a diverse internship experience along with career mentoring. Assignments may include maintaining files, organizing documents, managing spreadsheets, conducting internet research, attending meetings, and drafting for students with AutoCAD/Revit proficiency. Students may attend limited supervised visits to construction sites. Students spend four days with their intern host and the remaining day attending educational programming.
For more information and an application form

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Program Dates: July 19-31, 2020 – Princeton University

Join us for the 2020 At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy. The two-week boarding summer enrichment program located on the campus of Princeton University is geared towards current tenth- and eleventh-grade minority female students. We are now accepting applications for our stellar program that is designed to create great leaders.

Features include: * Leadership development sessions * Phenomenal speakers * Two weeks boarding at Princeton University * Critical reading and writing classes * Interactive workshops * Field trips * Tutoring

Limited and need-based financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For Academy highlights, watch the 2019 AT THE WELL VIDEO. To apply, go to For information, contact us at 646-592-1488

Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Program Dates: October to April, Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 PM and Saturdays, 10 AM-1:30 PM
Summer: Two weeks in July, Monday to Friday, 10 AM-4 PM

Three-year Art and Design Scholarship Program Current High School Freshmen. We are now accepting applications for the next class of Pratt Young Scholars! Pratt Young Scholars is a need-based, three-year scholarship providing instruction in art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. This Scholarship covers three years of studio instruction, all art materials for courses taken, Summer Scholars courses in July, a year-round college access program including SAT preparation, and one-on-one guidance throughout the college application and financial aid processes.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about art and design, meet other students with similar interests, and prepare for college in a creative environment! For additional information and application instructions, visit

36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Effective immediately, all New York City public school students 12 and over will be able to receive free tickets to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
for them to visit the Museum with up to three family members. Students can show their student ID, report card, or other form of proof of enrollment at a New York City public school at the Museum to receive admission free of charge. Tickets will be available to students and their families through August 30, 2020 and will provide access to all parts of the Museum. Previously, all public school students were eligible for free admission – now, that opportunity is being opened up to their families as well. Visit the museum’s website.

The Korea Society is offering evening and Saturday Korean classes taught by experienced and enthusiastic native-Korean instructors. Classes are intended to accommodate beginner to advanced students of Korean. The classes take place at 350 Madison Ave. For more information, please sign up online or call 212.490.7106 or email


We are building a list of alumni who are interested in providing informal guidance or mentoring to current LaGuardia students.
This is a great opportunity to connect with people who are in your area of interest or talent. Many thanks to alumna Tali Natter (’19) for initiating this amazing resource!

Students or Alumni parents who are interested in making connections, please email with your:
* Major (or Area of Expertise)
* Graduation year
* Best contact information to reach you

We will be using the list to help make the introductions, starting this academic year.

Read on for opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours, snag scholarships and gain valuable high school experience.


NYPL Grow Up – Dress Up Lending Library
If you are looking to get dressed up for a job interview, wedding, audition, graduation, prom, or other formal event, the  Riverside Library can help.  With our NYPL Grow Up work accessories collection, you can now borrow neckties & bowties, briefcases & handbags!  More information available here. You can also learn more about the program in this English flyer or Spanish flyer!
Tech Commons @ New-York Historical
New-York Historical Society’s Tech Commons is a state-of-the-art digital media and STEM maker space where teens can work with mentors, meet friends, and create. Whether you’re looking to do some research on our tablets, record a podcast or song, 3D print an artifact, design and code a website, or just hang out and explore, the Tech Commons is the place for you.  This dynamic new space is loaded with a full array of digital equipment — from fun to professional — to help tomorrow’s leaders explore their imaginations and curiosities. Check out their website!

Parents of NY Teens & Young Adults
This is a place for parents of teens and young adults located in all five boroughs to come together and openly discuss the trials and tribulations of raising teens in this crazy city… where else can a teen travel as far as from Coney Island to the Bronx for only $2.75!
Homework, high schools, college, leaving the nest and more! … discuss it all here! I encourage an open and honest discussion with no flaming or attitude! Note that the group is lightly moderated

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Use Torus to find the perfect program for your student. Explore your interests, build your community outside of school and get ahead with after school and summer programs in your area.
For more information visit the Torus website.

Joan Mitchell Foundation: NYC Youth Art Program Directory
Browse this comprehensive directory for a wide-variety of programs in the arts – if it’s in one of the five boroughs, most likely you’ll find it here!

Every week during the school year we add to our list of amazing opportunities for your students – arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities – summer, year-round – there’s truly something for everyone! We’ll highlight the new ones here and then migrate them to the full list on our website.


Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Program Dates: June 29 – August 14, 2020

ARISE is a free 7-week summer research program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. Selected students will:
Conduct authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in one of 30+ active labs
Investigate a range of questions in engineering, data science and life science and make practical, substantive contributions to the lab’s objectives
Get an introduction to essential principles that prepare students for college and in-demand careers as well as in areas like scientific ethics, contemporary issues in scientific inquiry, data collection and analysis, research practices, and lab safety
Receive training in speaking and presentation skills, and guidance on preparing for the college application process
New York City residents completing 10th or 11th grade in June 2020
STEM-passionate, academically engaged, motivated students. Successful applicants do not need to be the “best” students or have the highest grades
Students who will attend the entire program June 29-August 14, 2020
Responsible students who fulfill commitments and demonstrate timeliness and persistence.
For more information and application

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Department of Education, in partnership with the Stonewall Inn and the New York Yankees, is again offering the Yankee-Stonewall Scholarship. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to five students, one from each borough. A student is eligible for this scholarship if they: – are a current high school senior, – are planning to attend a two-year or four-year college, – are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or an ally who has contributed significantly to the LGBTQ+ community, and – have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
For more information and to apply

Application Deadline: Open & Ongoing
Program Dates Vary by discipline

Founded in 1970, the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) is a highly-competitive summer arts residential program funded by the New York State Education Department and student tuition. The four week, pre-professional summer curriculum includes individual and group instruction designed to help each student explore and develop their talents in ballet, choral studies, modern dance, visual arts, media arts, orchestral studies, or theatre. Students live in a college dorm and take classes from performing and visual artists for 6-12 hours a day, six days a week in their area of concentration. For more information about the programs and available scholarships.

Application Deadline: Open & Ongoing
Program Dates Vary by discipline

The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a tuition-free, month-long summer arts intensive program, serving NYC public school students entering grades 8 through 12. This public-private partnership, hosted by Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with the support of key arts leaders, including Tony Bennett, was designed to increase access to advanced arts training to prepare students for college and career success in the arts. Now in its 18th year, SAI continues to provide approximately 400 students the opportunity to study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film. For more information about the program and how to audition.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2020
Program Dates: 5 days/week, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM for six weeks, July through August

This program is an introduction to programming and is intended for high school girls who have had limited access to coding classes/resources. It is tuition-free thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust. For more information and to apply.

Brooklyn Historical Society Teen Council Museum Internship
Application Deadline: Open
Event Date: Begins February 4th, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Teen Council members meet after school in the spring semester to curate history and art exhibitions. Teens collaborate with peers and mentors, practice new skills, and receive stipends for their participation, C redit/volunteer hours toward graduation, r ecommendation letters for college and scholarships and more… For more information and to apply!

Dates: July 6-10, 13-18, 2020, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
As the parent of a theatrically inclined adolescent, IRT’s Westside Experiment summer theater program was everything I could have hoped for. The program’s adult staff never underestimated the creative abilities of the youth, and provided them with the support and skills necessary to imagine, design and perform a remarkably sophisticated multi-media theatrical experience. My daughter made many friends over the 2 weeks of the program and was able to stretch her theatrical muscles in ways she never imagined, and thoroughly enjoyed.
For Ages 13-17
For more information, contact IRT: 212-206-6875 or

3,100+ City Year AmeriCorps members (ages 18-25) serve in 29 cities nationwide. They spend 11 months working full-time in more than 300 schools to give students the extra support they need to graduate, college and career ready.

Complete the form to learn how you can become a mentor and tutor for students with City Year.

Teens in Politics was founded with the goal of helping motivated teenagers obtain political internships. There are very few resources that are available for teenagers to learn about politics, or to assist offices in filling political internship positions. We offer the opportunity for students and young adults to experience the world of politics and get a head start on their political career. We display the latest internship positions for high school students in the New York area and are expanding for the 2020 Election. Learn more!

Application Deadline: Ongoing
Applications for the 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) program year are now open for students 14 – 21 years old. YLCs
are the place where youth can make change happen in their neighborhood, school, or borough. Councils across the City need high school students to share their stories, passions, and ideas-if you know of any youth who want to make a difference, we need them on a Youth Leadership Council. Youth will have the opportunity to team up with peers from their neighborhood or school and develop the tools and skills to put their ideas into action.
Apply today:


In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.

Vaping article:
Politico, Mystery youth vaping disease reveals gaping holes in regulation

Speaking with your Sons:
Moms of Tweens & Teens, “16 Things Your Teen Son Won’t Tell You”


The parent of an incoming freshman student has organized a new Van service through Rocblvd from Staten Island and Brooklyn to LaGuardia. The vans are all insured and licensed with seatbelts and are air conditioned. You can also track your student’s location in the van service via apps so that you know when the driver arrives at the destination. The van service comes highly recommended from other parents.

Round trip daily service is $19.00 including gas, tolls and tunnels. Children’s traveling time will be cut in almost half.

To learn more about the service, please email Ann Lopa at

The PA Executive Board is not affiliated with, nor in any way endorses the service.

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