The International High School at LaGuardia Community College

The International High School at LaGuardia Community College is the first International High School, founded in 1985 as a joint venture between the New York City Board of Education and the Board of Higher Education of the City of New York to address educational opportunity gaps for the City’s high school age English language learners. Over 80% of LaGuardia’s students graduate, with a 100% college acceptance rate. Past graduates have gone on to attend Bard, Barnard, Bennington, Brandeis, CUNY, Clark, Cooper Union, Cornell University, DePauw, Georgetown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury, New York University, Rice, Skidmore, SUNY, University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt. LaGuardia is designated as an Academic Excellence Project and has twice been cited as a Center of Excellence for the teaching of English communication arts.

School Information


31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Directions to School

School Principal: John Starkey

Year Established: 1985

Phone: 718.393.3433

Fax: 718.392.6904


Enrollment: 454 students

Grades Served: 9-12

Free/Reduced Meals: 75%

Demographics: 47.15% Hispanic, 35.94% Asian, 14.16% White, 2.75% Black

School Partners:

  • Facing History and Ourselves
  • Judith Sloan’s Earsay Theater Workshop
  • Global Kids
  • Advocacy Club
  • Sunnyside Community Services
  • Elmcore
  • Liberty Partnership Program
  • LaGuardia Community College services

John Starkey


A native of Western New York, Mr. Starkey previously taught ESL and Bilingual Social Studies in various K-12 classes and worked for Mid-Hudson Migrant Education program. He received student teacher training at Queens International HS at LaGuardia Community College under the mentorship of Harold Bretstein. While teaching History at LaGuardia, Mr. Starkey was a UFT and Personnel Committee chair and parent ESL teacher before transitioning to administration.

Mr. Starkey’s dedication to education is expressed through his love of being in the classroom, working with both students and parents, and helping bring school and community closer. His other passions are basketball and traveling. Mr. Starkey graduated from SUNY College at Buffalo with a BA in Spanish and holds an MA in TESOL from SUNY New Paltz. He shares his life with his wife and11 month old baby, Marisol.