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


45-35 Van Dam Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Directions to School

School Principal: Jacyln Valane

Year Established: 1985

Phone: 718.392.3433

Fax: 718.392.3443


Enrollment: 518 students

Grades Served: 9-12

Free/Reduced Meals: 100%

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

Jaclyn Valane

Acting Interim Principal

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