Talent Unlimited High School

An Insideschools pick
317 EAST 67 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10065 Map
Phone: (212) 737-1530
Website: Click here
Admissions: audition
Principal: Yeou Jey Vasconcelos
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Leonor Sanchez
Performing Arts

Buses: BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M31, M4, M57, M66, M72, M98, Q101, Q32, Q60, QM2, QM20, QM3

What's special:

Strong performing arts program

The downside:

Communication is a work-in-progress

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Talent Unlimited combines a strong performing arts program with engaging academics, preparing students either to go to a liberal arts college or on to conservatory training in musical theater, voice, instrumental music, drama or dance.

Housed in a wing of the Julia Richman Educational Complex on the Upper East Side, Talent Unlimited has its own entrance. It shares facilities such as a library and cafeteria with other schools in the building. The corridors could use some fresh paint and brighter lighting, but the classrooms are sunny.

Music classes are on the same floor as math classes; dance is on the same floor as science, and drama is on the same floor as English and social studies. This arrangement encourages teachers to integrate academics and art and to take advantage of students' artistic talents to make academics more accessible.

Students read Shakespeare in English class—and act out scenes in drama. A math teacher gives a lesson on wavelengths, and the musicians learn about intervals and frequency. A science teacher makes a connection between radioactive decay and the rhythms that dancers understand. Students taking an introduction to engineering make props and sets for a school play.

While seniors at many New York City schools have a very light course load, Talent Unlimited encourages students to take four years of math and four years of science and about one-third of them do. The school offers a few Advanced Placement courses.

Principal Yeou Jey Vasconcelos joined the staff in 2016, replacing retiring principal Linda Hamil. Vasconcelos is a strong communicator who sends bi-monthly emails and letters home, according to parent-teacher association secretary, Lois Vigilante. In recent years, communication and strong family-community ties have gotten lower marks on otherwise strong school surveys.

Vasconcelos is a pianist who previously organized the music department at Eleanor Roosevelt and taught all instruments there. She studied science before moving into the performing arts and education. Vigilante said the principal "has a strong personality, is organized, addresses problems, looks for solutions." (There were no school surveys on her leadership from teachers and students at the time of this posting.)

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: A few students have won POSSE scholarships to the University of Southern California and Wheaton College in Massachusetts. One dance student was admitted to Juilliard.

ADMISSIONS: Students may audition in dance, drama, voice, instrumental or musical theater. Applicants should score level 2-4 on standardized exams and have an 80 average or above in academic classes. There are weekly tours from September to December. (Clara Hemphill, 2012: updated by phone, Lydie Raschka, 2017)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Julia Richman Educational Campus with four other schools

Number of Students 509

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
34%

Hispanic

  
40%

White

  
19%

Free Lunch

  
53%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.83 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

71% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

66% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

92% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

20% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

21% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

18%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

24%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

66%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

57% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

498
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

88% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

485
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Instrumental Music

Audition

Students study music theory and history and have the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles, including concert band, string ensemble, jazz band and orchestra.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 70-100) , Math (Scores 70-100) , Science (Scores 72-100) , Social Studies (Scores 71-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Musical Theatre

Audition

Students are transformed into Ζtriple threatΔ performers who learn to sing, dance and act in a variety of venues; emphasis on vocal technique, scene study, movement, ensemble and solo performance.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 80-100) , Math (Scores 71-100) , Science (Scores 78-100) , Social Studies (Scores 77-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Drama

Audition

Students study movement for actors, voice and speech, theatre history, scene and monologue study, communication skills, stage production and performance repertory; opportunity to perform in a variety of venues.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 74-100) , Math (Scores 65-100) , Science (Scores 70-100) , Social Studies (Scores 70-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.2-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Vocal Music

Audition

Students study music theory, vocal technique, and music history; opportunity to perform in a variety of vocal ensembles.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 72-100) , Math (Scores 68-100) , Science (Scores 73-100) , Social Studies (Scores 73-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Dance

Audition

Students study modern and ballet technique, choreography, repertory, pointe, pilates, anatomy and dance history; comprehensive program that includes junior and senior internships and performances at all grade levels.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 78-100) , Math (Scores 71-100) , Science (Scores 76-100) , Social Studies (Scores 75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.1-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: AP English, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista, Citywide performances in Vocal Music, Community Service Outreach, Dance, Drama, Extended Day Tutoring, Film, Gospel Choir, Hip-Hop, Improv Comedy, Mentoring, Musical Theatre & Instrumental Music, SAT Prep, Saturday School, School Newspaper, Step Team, Student Government, Weight Room, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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