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.

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.


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.

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

Check out the blog with lots of school & tutor reviews at Like us on Facebook:

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.

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”


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